Introducing: D.S. & Durga

We are excited to introduce a new line of boutique fragrances to our Romualdo clients - D.S. & Durga. As we continue to grow our offerings, we will always find new and interesting lifestyle brands that will elevate your everyday life.  

D.S. & Durga niche fragrance house was founded in New York in 2007 by David Seth Moltz (D.S.), a musician, and Kavi Moltz (Durga) an architect. Combining their two industries, the couple writes ‘songs’ in scent, while designing ‘houses’ for the fragrances. The artistic pair is inspired by a myriad of influences, including historical movements and Americana. Each fragrance tells a tale that the couple believes can be communicated through layers scent.

Stop in today to see what Esquire, Vogue, and many other's can't stop talking about. 

Our Current Collection of D.S. & Durga Scents Include:

Bowmakers: Amongst the transcendental woods of the 1800s, craftsmen from the
Massachusetts Bay Colony built violins & bows in the tiny towns of the Pioneer Valley. The shops were riddled with old growth mahogany, burled maple shavings, 
amber pine rosin, aged walnut & their unique secret varnishes.

Cowboy Grass: American sagebrush, flowering white thyme, & prairie switchgrass from the wild western territories. Perfect for robbing banks on horseback.

Italian Citrus: A bracing cologne of coastal Italian citrus rinds - chinotto, blood orange, cold-pressed lemon and green mandarin with ambrette seed & clean musk.

Radio Bombay (Coming Soon): Transistor radio hewn of sandalwood radiates ragas in the Bandra heat.  Hot copper tubes warm the soft wood releasing blooms of musk, cream, peach, ambrette, coco, cedar distillates.

Burning Barbershop: A fire broke out in the Curling Bros. barbershop in Westlake, N.Y. in 1891. All the shaving tonics with their spearmint, lime, vanilla & lavender burned. A charred bottle was found half-full. It smelled like this.

Mississippi Medicine: Based on the rituals of the proto-Mississippian death cult of the 1200s. Native birch tar, viola, & white spruce grounded in incense & cypress root.

Of Note, D.S. & Durga fragrances and packaging are unisex. 

 

The Stenströms Difference

Over the past year, the Romualdo team and client's alike have fallen in love with an exceptional shirtmaker out of Sweden. This brand, Stenströms, has become a staple of the Romualdo wardrobe. Although a core piece of our trade will always be our custom shirtings, Stenströms carries with it the history and overall make of a high quality product that we are extremely happy to provide our consumers. 

Below is an in-depth look provided by Stenströms on the process of crafting 

Each Stenströms shirt consists of 23 components that are cut and assembled with exacting precision. The process involves 60 distinct operations that are checked at five critical inspection stations. Thanks to skilled designers, cutters and tailors, we have refined this technique and perfected our shirts over the course of a century.

A soft, comfortable collar. The collar and collar band under- go 25 separate operations to achieve a soft, comfortable fit. Pre-pressing and extra stitching prevent shape and finish from being altered by repeated laundering and ironing. At each stage of production, meticulous quality checks are performed, stitches measured and loose threads removed.

The sleeves are attached with single-needle stitching whereby each seam has at least six stitches per cm – elegant and with excellent durability.

 

All buttonholes are sewn with 66 stitches. 82 cm of thread is used for each buttonhole. Most buttons are hand-made from genuine, highest quality mother-of- pearl. For added strength, the buttons are sewn on in two distinct operations and have a wrapped neck.

 

 

 

 

Extra-fine stitching gives discreet seams and extra- long wear. Fine, double stitching produces optimum durability and elegant lap seams along the sides.

 

Peter Millar Collection: What are the Differences?

Peter Millar is one of those brands that we are happy to say we have shared with our customers since the early days of their sartorial journey. It is a tried and true brand that our clients know to be consistent in quality, steady in fit, and perhaps most important, reliable in style. It has been fun following the brand and seeing it take on new and exciting aspects of lifestyle while paving new paths for the brand to grow. 

One such avenue is Peter Millar Collection. We are often asked what are the differences between Peter Millar Crown (that tried and true brand) to the Collection label and why are their price differences (Collection generally being higher is price). As with any brand offering in our store, we want to assure you that at any price point, you are receiving maximum value.

Below are some details about the Collection garment that sets it apart from Peter Millar Crown.

The Devil is in the Details: 

Collection garments are constructed with the utmost attention to detail. This detail is not merely for aesthetic purposes, but they serve a function as well. Take for instance an interesting facet of the Collection shirt:

At first glance, these two buttons seem virtually identical, but notice the subtle differences: On the left, the Peter Millar Collection shirt features raised shank-stemmed threads and goose-foot stitching (Look at the shape of the threading and you will see a goose-foot shape pattern). Not only is this threading manner more time consuming and require great sewing skill, but this method actually sets the button higher on the shirt making it easier to button while simultaneously allowing more give and movement in the garment during daily wear. 

Notice too the genuine mother-of-pearl buttons on the Collection shirt (left) compared to the standard acrylic button on a standard dress shirt (right). Can you see the crisp white of the mother-of-pearl compared to the off white, almost yellow coloring of the acrylic? 

Finer Fabrics:

Collection garments are made of fabrics from the finest world renowned European mills. Cashmere is delicately sourced and only the highest quality is used. Furthermore, Collection shirting is made from proprietary designed fabrics that you will not see used under any other label. 

It's all About the Fit:

Collection has updated the fit of Peter Millar's Crown label. With an American/European silhouette in mind, Millar has created a fit that is a little trimmer, a littler sleeker than it's counterpart but in no way is it unapproachable for our clients. The fit may take a day to get used to, but we are confident you will love these garments as much as you love all of Millar's other offerings.

Do not despair, we will continue to carry Peter Millar Crown and we are happier than ever at their offerings. However,  the Romualdo team encourages you to stop in the shop to look, touch, feel and try the Collection pieces on. We are excited to offer this boutique offering in our shop and assure you, you will not be dissapointed.