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(DE-FI)ning (DE-FI)

The Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC is a network of Fashion Professionals, business owners, community leaders, and volunteers; together this network simply known as (DE-FI) pronounced “defy” is re-engineering the global fashion experience.

Our Vision

To promote excellence and gain recognition for Dayton as a global leader for emerging and established designers, creative expressions, fashion manufacturing, and innovation.

Our Mission

To provide support to Dayton and the Midwest’s fashion industries in the form of business resources, exposure, education, and advocacy.

We accomplish our vision and mission by:

      1) Producing a series of regular events

      2) Hosting industry related workshops

      3) Publishing (DE-FI)ance and A Generation of (DE-FI)ance magazines

By providing educational, economic, and community building opportunities mostly in Southwest Ohio; (DE-FI) primarily serves those interested in the fashion industry.  Whether you are fashion hobbyist or pursuing careers in fashion, the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC is designed to bridge the gap between designers, customers, and garment manufacturing.

 (DE-FI) build’s a sense of community, we curate ideas, we disrupt the status quo, we identify the problem then we initiate change.  In short, we aren’t re-inventing the wheel, we are changing how the wheel is used ultimately putting a global spotlight on Dayton’s emerging fashion industry and talented work force.


#BeDisruptive    #WhatDoYouDEFI    #FirstFlightNowFashion


Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC
P.O.Box 1664
Dayton, OH 45401-1664

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