A commanding fusion of industrial and organic aesthetic, Design + Conquer is best described as a breakaway design faction. Specializing in bespoke accessory and garment design for an array of contexts, Canadian designer Morgan Mallett explores new design territory through the use and creation of innovative materials and techniques. An eclectic background in art direction, graphic design, painting, and athletics inform her work, as well as collaborations with musicians.
Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, DC's accessories and garment designs have been featured in editorials, retail stores, and museums around the world.
About DC's Decrypt Collection
Decrypt was inspired by the allied military codebreakers of WWII at Bletchley Park. Located 80 kilometers north of London, this country house and estate was commandeered by the British military and housed the Government Code and Cypher School during the Second World War. The extensive team at Bletchley Park is credited with—among many other achievements—developing the first ever programmable digital electronic computer, and shortening the war by two years. All work carried out at Bletchley Park remained classified until the mid-1970s.
Just like a coded message, each design in Decrypt is not as it seems. Each piece shifts covertly from clothing, to sound-absorbing art, to digital asset. The acoustic felt used in Decrypt is also not what it seems—it is made from 70% post-consumer polyester. rPET (recycled polyester) takes approximately 59% less energy to produce than virgin polyester, and is of comparable quality. (Source: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment).
Reducing and eliminating the use of plastics is essential...but what do we do with the plastics that already exist? Decrypt strives to be a part of the answer. View the Decrypt preview video here.
Awards and honours
Carter Wosk Award for Applied Art and Design , Shortlist for Western Living magazine’s ‘Designers of the Year’ award in the fashion and jewellery category ; Sole Canadian designer represented at ETSY's first international office opening exhibition [Berlin, Germany].
An advocate for animal welfare and an active participant in mountain trail maintenance on Vancouver's North Shore, Design + Conquer is proud to support the BCSPCA and Vancouver's North Shore Mountain Bike Association. DC does not use animal products in its designs. Get involved with the friendly folks at NSMBA here, and the BCSPCA here.
Decrypt Photo Credits
Photographer | Aaron Aubrey
Photographer for wall hangings | Corey Brennan
Model | Jane Dut | Alaeria Agency
Makeup + hair | Harold Cooke
Art direction, styling and video | Morgan Mallett | design-and-conquer.com
Special thanks to Corey Brennan
Shot in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada