The (DE-FI) Incubator takes on a real time novenaryfecta approach to the fashion industry via a series of intensive modules, team building, production, editorial and retail experiences. Our programs provide elements designed to help you thrive and grow at every phase of your career including:
Emerging Designers you have the unique opportunity to strengthen your business skills in a real time curriculum taught by industry professionals! With a focus on business skills that range from business planning, marketing plans, cut & sew, retail math and social media, Our Designer Talk Series also has real time fashion challenges wrapped throughout the curriculum. Our team is dedicated to providing resources, education and professional development to the fashion community that will enhance and support a thriving and sustainable apparel and sewn products industry in the Midwest.
During the Designer Talk Series, Designers will learn the ropes of the industry by:
The Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC is NOT a modeling school, we are NOT an agency or talent management. We provide opportunities for aspiring models regardless of age, height, weight, size, gender identification, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. The overall goal of our Model Incubator is to eliminate the need for our Model Incubator by attracting legitimate agencies with ethical practices to Dayton, OH. The (DE-FI) Model Incubator reveals the truth about the highly competitive and not so glamorous aspects of what it takes to pursue modeling on a part-time or full-time basis.
During the Model Talk Series, Models will learn:
The House of (DE-FI)ance is home of the world's first comprehensive interdisciplinary Fashion Coworking space, a business hub created by and for the fashion and design community. Our vision is to create the leading and most effective business networking experience in the country for the fashion and design community. From concept to retail and everything in between; our House was created to bring the entire fashion Industry under one roof including the often understated role of design outside of worn garments.
At the House of (DE-FI)ance, you will:
(DE-FI)ance magazine is the mirror image of the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC. It is a meticulously designed, and award-winning, independent annual fashion, art, and lifestyle publication. Curated for a global-minded audience, (DE-FI)ance has sold in 13 different countries, was created to give a voice and exposure to emerging talent and has continued to grow in influence that reaches well beyond the Midwest region.
Our style is confident and authoritative, yet conversational and at times controversial. Our voice is that of an insider—your trusted friend in the business as well as the outsider---the blacksheep, who does not fall in line with others…you know, The “(DE-FI)ant one”. We are the accessible voice and inspiration to the confident and creative woman who loves fashion but is not the stereotypical seditty, face giving snob. We are the still, non-attention seeking, quietest person in the room whose presence alone speaks volumes with an in your face boldness that doesn't need to be stated because it's already known. Our work is often dismissed and left out of the conversation, not because it lacks merit...we just threw out their rule book and did things our way but rest assured, when we move...everyone pays attention, takes notes, and levels up.
In (DE-FI)ance Magazine talent will:
Inspired by fashion weeks from Fashion Capitals in New York, Paris, and Milan, Dayton Fashion Week is designed to bring participants and guest alike a fully immersive fashion experience. Led by a volunteer team of experienced fashion industry professionals, business owners, event planning specialists, and more; our vision is to celebrate Dayton as not only the Birthplace of Aviation but as the Innovation Capital of the World! It is our mission to provide support to Dayton's fashion industries in the form of business resources, exposure, education, advocacy, and advancement.
During Dayton Fashion Week talent will:
Dayton threads, specializes in high quality, independent and emerging designer clothing, accessories, homeware and more; giving our customers direct access to the next big thing in fashion and design. Like our parent company (DE-FI), we're disrupting the fashion industry and re(DE-FI)ing mundane ideas of what it means to shop small and supporting independent designers and artisans, each of whom have been carefully selected from across the country.
We work to promote and empower emerging talent, while showcasing a curated selection of their products in a stylish yet ethically and environmentally conscious fashion community. We also offer micro-manufacturing at our store front location giving designers hands on quality control over their products. Customers can also receive alterations on site if a look doesn't quite fit right, as well as having customized pieces made just for you!
At Dayton Threads you will:
A new program by the Council of Fashion Designers of America that supports regional fashion weeks. Additional details to be announced soon.
(DE-FI) Fashion Week
Isn't your "show" heavy Fashion Week. In fact, there won't be a single runway show taking place during this event. Consider (DE-FI) Fashion Week the commencement ceremony of our year long incubator process, where we are bringing in all of the heavy hitters from the CFDA for a week long series of one-on-ones and WERKshops exclusively designed for designers in our Incubator in preparation for Ohio Market Week. There will also be lectures throughout the week that will be exclusive for members of The House of (DE-FI)ance: A Fashion & Design Co-working Experience.
Ohio Market Week is a Collabetive Collabetation project that is volunteer driven and gives participants an opportunity to organize a jam-packed week of retail and textile focused events designed to bring buyer, corporate decision makers, dealers, wholesalers, and manufacturers to the Gem City.
Ohio Market Week is an influential platform for buyers, vendors, wholesalers, and textile makers to meet with new designers and clients while serving as a platform that empowers emerging designers to transition into established designers and scale their business for growth with permanent showrooms. By creating and building an infrastructure that drives significant economic growth for the Miami Valley, Ohio Market Week will aid in making Dayton a Fashion Destination and solidify its position as the Fashion Capital of the Midwest by attracting new, emerging, and established talent and business to the Gem City.
Talent who complete our incubators will…
We are currently accepting applications to join the (DE-FI) Incubator Designer Talk Series for the 2021 season! Participants in our incubator have an exclusive opportunity to headline the 2021 Dayton Fashion Week; spots are limited. The deadline for submissions in March 13th with a March 27th start date.