The Dayton Garment & Textile District was formed in 2017 to improve the quality of services offered to independent designers not just in Dayton but around the Midwest. We work in partnership with designers, boutiques, as well as sewing and textile related talent and resources. Since its launch in 2013, (DE-FI) has helped area designers build their brand, establish their clientele, produce runway events, and create editorials. As designers have spread their wings and grown there has been one persistent struggle...manufacturing their lines! Designers are currently booked 8+ weeks out and need your help to ensure that they are equipped to meet the demands for their designs.
We offer micro-manufacturing services by our tested sewist as well as being an online Resource Directory of sewist, seamstresses, fabric makers, pattern makers, weavers, fabric dyers, beaders, embroiderers, unique fabric vendors and other textile related talent and businesses to build a community and networking registry of skilled sewn product talent...and yes, these are paid jobs! Sewing services for soft-goods designers begins at the rate of $12-17.50/hr… you design it, we will sew it!
This initiative also benefits area fashion designers that currently produce custom goods for their clients. This service will allow designers to increase production of their lines and grow their brands. We will also create an in-house line of products to sell at Dayton Threads. The DGTD will support Entrepreneurial Development. We will provide the equipment, tools, support infrastructure and studio space to support sewing and textile related businesses. We can help you start and grow your business!
Whether you are an employer looking for sewist, or a vendor looking to have something made, the Dayton Garment and Textile District, a subsidiary of (DE-FI) will help connect you to the skilled sewn artist that you need.
Why We're Needed
The Fashion Industry can be a lonely and elusive place to navigate on your own.
We provide a platform for you to:
1) Have your products micro-maufactured at an affordable rate
2) Grow your own sewn goods and/or textile related business via our Resource Directory
3) Provide opportunities for you to sell your products via our sister company Dayton Threads
Our directory is a carefully selected listing of top designers, stylist, sewing and textile related talent from around the Midwest. In keeping our commitment to quality vs. quantity, our handpicked community of talent is an eclectic showcase of the best in the business. Think of our directory as our little black book of fashion, sewing, and textile related talent!