For the past 5+ years, the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC has been one of the most influential fashion organizations in the Midwest. From our unique sold out events, to our mentoring of models, and supplying the tools for our designers to build their brand. We’ve paved the way for our peer organizations to re-think and re-imagine #TheFashionExperience.
Realizing the significant impact fashion has on the local economy from sewing lessons, to pop-up shops, boutiques, and fashion shows; we have envisioned fashion as a driver for job creation, cultural growth, trade development, and tourism. Building on Dayton's long manufacturing heritage the idea of fashion advancement is to have a place that used the resources and opportunities available in the Gem City to help aspiring local fashion designers build sustainable businesses that can compete in the global fashion industry.
The mission of the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC, The Dayton Garment and Textile District, Gem City Sewing Company, and Dayton Threads is to make meaningful economic impact in Dayton by giving fashion designers technical product development and business tools and training to create innovative products and launch globally competitive businesses based in Dayton.
We are in the process of acquiring a 24,000 sqft space and our working with the property owners who have accepted our proposal for its purchase. While we are not able to share any additional details regarding the location, the space is in need of renovation, and we hope to make an official announcement at the conclusion of Dayton Fashion Week and the 5th Anniversary of (DE-FI) in the summer of 2018.
Once renovated, the space, will be comprised of a manufacturing workroom equipped, cutting tables, sewing machines, and pressing stations where sewist will produce (DE-FI) designer’s lines and sample collections. This space will also serve as a resource center that provides other independent apparel and accessories designers with educational tools, research assets, and programming to help further their fashion business growth and development.
Our #FashionAdvancement program will take the designer beyond just doing another show, we will provide them with essential tools to aid them in their development as both creative artists and successful business owners. Additionally, plan to support an internship program in partnership with leading fashion schools in Ohio and also to host professional business and merchandising seminars and workshops for emerging fashion entrepreneurs, in addition to other public programming to promote and encourage design education and foster public appreciation for all aspects of fashion, design, and history.