The Art of (DE-FI)ance Fashion Fund was founded in 2014 by (DE-FI) who envisioned an organization that supported new and emerging designers as well as promoting fashion education 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 our mission to provide high quality opportunities and experiences to the designers included in our incubator which will help to cultivate their careers 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 designers with educational opportunities including partnership with established players in the fashion industry.
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.
The Art of (DE-FI)ance and set to relaunching during the 2021 Dayton Fashion Week taking place December 5th-11th.
Learn how you can help support The Art of (DE-FI)ance Fashion Fund.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 31st, 2021! The Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC will be celebrating our 8th Anniversary!! Are you ready to answer the call of 12 local grassroots organizations who are doing amazing work in our community?