Our Village

It's easy to get self-absorbed when it comes to fashion — after all, for many, the industry is all about the clothes we put on our own bodies, however, the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC has been committed to playing an active and vital role in the revitalization, continuous growth and development of the Dayton and Miami Valley areas with a focus on serving the under-served communities since its launch in 2013. Whether it be addressing hunger, poverty, addiction, self worth, education and more Community Outreach and giving back is always in style with (DE-FI).

Our staff and models are required to volunteer a minimum of 40  hours a year in their respective communities in order to participate in  any (DE-FI). Our anniversary celebration always focuses on Community Outreach. In 2013, the Circle of Vision Keepers Re-Entry and Recovery Program and the My Beauty is Priceless and Sons of Solomon youth empowerment seminars became our official community outreach partners!  

Other organizations that we've supported over the years include:

Be The Match :During our Launch Party in 2013 we held our first Bone Marrow Drive for the Be The Match Program, 9 attendees registered to save the lives of others including (DE-FI) Owner/Director Caressa L. Brown in support of her uncle Dennis Robinson who was battling MDS at the time. We held our second Bone Marrow Drive as a part of our Anniversary Celebration in 2015 in honor of her uncle who had lost his battle on Christmas Eve of 2014.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society :If 2013 (DE-FI) Owner/Director Caressa L. Brown was nominated for the Dayton area's Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Woman of the Year and using (DE-FI)'s platform, she raised $10,000 via (DE-FI) Cancer: Fashion For A Cure and (DE-FI) Cancer: Martini's For A Cure in support of her Uncle Dennis Robinson who was battling MDS at the time.

Habitat For Humanity : As a part of our 1 year Anniversary Celebration, we participated in a Habitat for Humanity Build in partnership with the Circle of Vision Keeper's Re-entry and Recovery Program.

The Walk to End Lupus : In 2015 and 2016 We sponsored Team Iris a (DE-FI) Model who had recently been diagnosed with the autoimmune disease as well as participated in the Lupus Walk that was held in Columbus.

The Dayton Region S.T.E.M. School Fashion Fusion: We helped prepare the students for a Fashion Show that was a part of their Fashion and Technology curriculum.

Catholic Social Services Refugee Resettlement: In 2017, as a part of our 5th year anniversary we collect donation for in support of their Refugee Resettlement initiative.

And when member of our family fall on hard times we band together to find ways to support one another.

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Members of Our Village

Dayton Public Schools


  We have partnered with Dayton Public Schools,specifically  Ponitz Culinary/Food Service Operations for the past 2 years who prepare and serve the food for A Taste of (DE-FI)ance.

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The Dayton Early College Academy


Since 2014, we have partnered with the Dayton Early College Academy to provide internship opportunities for their students.

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The Circle of Vision Keepers Re-Entry and Recovery program


The COVK has been our Official Non-Profit since we launched in 2013.  They provide support for recovery addicts, returning citizens, and their families.

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My Beauty Is Priceless and the Sons of Solomon


The mission of these youth empowerment seminars is to equip teenage boys and girls with the knowledge that beauty starts within. Giving them the esteem to soar by addressing etiquette, health, wellness, spirituality, education, and work ethic.

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IRS Drill Team


What started out as a sewn good job for the Dayton Garment & Textile District in the summer of 2018 when we were commissioned to make their uniforms for a competition resulted in us helping to raise close to $2000 in less than 5 days to help them make it to the competition in August in 2018 where they won the National Championship! As a result ,we plan to develop some community programming to help them continue to cover their ongoing expenses.

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The University of Dayton

We have been on to help produce the University of Dayton's International Student Festival since 2012

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