The Art of (DE-FI)ance was founded in 2014 by the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator who envisioned an organization that supported new and emerging fashion talent as well as promoting fashion education, workforce development, and outreach across the Midwest and on October 9, 2020, the Art of (DE-FI)ance officially became a tax exempt 501 (C) (3).
It is the mission of the Art of (DE-FI)ance to provide high quality opportunities, resources and experiences to the designers included in our incubator which will help to cultivate their careers, build their teams and align their accomplishments with other leading designers. By challenging the status quo across every category within the fashion and design industries, The Art of (DE-FI)ance Fashion Fund provides fashion talent with educational opportunities including partnership with established players in the fashion industry as well as workforce development.
The common thread with the Art of (DE-FI)ance is that we support and nurture the brand from the start, through rapid growth, and eventual exit of the incubator. The Fund aims to address a lack of capital and management skills required to leverage the power of creative and cultural industries.
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The Art of (DE-FI)ance is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit providing economic growth, professional development, education, community outreach, garment manufacturing, and retail opportunities, experiences, and support for emerging and aspiring fashion professionals.