A Fashion Co-working Space

 If you want to go quickly, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together ~ African Proverb


When we first launched, we were told that Fashion has no place here in Dayton and that people here don't "look" like that or "dress" like that.  Since 2013, members of the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC and other members of the local fashion community have worked to prove them wrong by promoting the talent in our city. As a result of these advocates, we  are now poised to not only become the Fashion Capital of the Midwest but to open the first ever multi-disciplinary Fashion Co-Working Space, The Art of (DE-FI)ance. 


For the local fashion community, creativity has never been our challenge. Passion has never been our  challenge. Our challenge has been a lack of financial support. A lack of meaningful mentorship. A lack of resources have prevent many people from even exploring their dreams.  The hunt is on for the perfect space to house the Art of (DE-FI)ance Fashion Co-working space.


The Art of (DE-FI)ance Fashion Co-working space will be a multi-disciplinary Co-Working studio offering Fashion Professionals an affordable and unique workspace in Dayton.   A fashion business hub created by and for fashion entrepreneurs. From finance workshops for startups to sewing labs, to photography studios, to everyday workspace and everything in between. Every aspect of the fashion industry will be in one place  where fashion professionals and entrepreneurs can work and prosper.  


The proposed space will consist of:


  • Design Studio featuring design software
  • Designated and Roaming Desk
  • Designated and Roaming Office
  • Visual Art  Studio
  • Fashion Studio
  • Makerspace
  • Manufacturing/Fabrication Space
  • Photography Studio
  • Sewing Studio
  • Conference Room
  • Production Room
  • Classroom Space
  • Networking Space
  • Venue Rental

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We Want To Hear From You

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We Need Your Feedback

We know that there is more to the local fashion scene than (DE-FI) and we want each of you to be a part of this process regardless of your skill set or experience! Beginning in August 2019, for the first time ever, we will host a series of (4) bi-weekly meetings that will be open to the public to help set the general direction, business model, and logistics of the space.


Tentative Dates for these meetings are as follows:


August 3, 10a-12p


We hope  that you can make it out this Saturday and participate in our open  planning session! Here is the agenda:

8/3 Fashion Co-Working Space Public Planning Meeting Agenda


10:00 Welcome and Overview of Planning Meeting Purpose
10:10 Ice Breaker
10:20 Defining the Vision for the space
10:40 Identifying the problem(s) that this space will address and solve
11:00 Defining the type of co-working space we will have
11:20 Open Discussion
11:40 Identifying next steps and setting agenda for August 17 Open Planning Meeting
11:55 Closing
12:00 Meeting Wrap

Please let us know if you have any questions. 



Future Meeting Dates:


August 17, 10a-12p

August 31, 10a-12p

September 14, 10-12p


All meeting will be held at the Main Branch of the Dayton Metro Library, located at 215 E 3rd St, Dayton, OH 45402.  Additional details including Meeting Agendas will be announced soon. Please send all inquiries to info@daytonemergingfashionincubator.com