We seek to develop and provide support to Dayton and the Midwest fashion industries and prepare leaders in fashion through our business resources, exposure, education, advocacy, advancement and outreach programs to enhance economic competitiveness regionally, nationally, and globally.
For the local fashion and design communities, creativity and passion have never been our challenge. Our challenge has been a lack of financial support,meaningful mentorship, opportunities, and resources; all of which have prevented many people from even exploring their dreams.
Dayton is the fourth largest city in Ohio with an estimated 140,000 residents. Sandwiched between Cincinnati, Ohio where Macy's is headquartered and Columbus,Ohio which is ranked #3 in the country for fashion design. Dayton has both I-70 and I-75 intersecting in the heart of the city giving easy driving access to 9 major cities in the midwest in less than 5 hrs.
From finance workshops for startups to sewing labs, to photography studios, to everyday workspace and everything in between. Every aspect of the fashion industry will be in one synergistic place where emerging and aspiring fashion and design professionals and entrepreneurs can work and prosper together.
Since our launch, (DE-FI) has always been a community focused outreach initiative mobilized volunteers to support emerging and aspiring talent. We've always supported other non-fashion related community outreach initiatives and never tried to monetize our outreach. However, as the needs of the talent who reached out to us grew, we updated our Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan to meet the needs of the fashion community. We have established an initial goal of raising $250,000 to cover the cost related to housing the House of (DE-FI)ance Co-working space, the purchase of tools, equipment and supplies, along with other start-up cost.
Officially launching in the summer of 2013, (DE-FI) is a ground breaking organization in the Greater Dayton and Miami Valley area that introduces, mentors, and helps to launch the careers of designers, models, and other professionals into the fashion industry.We are a network of fashion professionals, business owners, community leaders, and volunteers; together this network simply known as (DE-FI) pronounced “defy” is re-engineering the global fashion experience.
There are so many friends and fans who have supported the creation of The House of (DE-FI)ance. We could not have made this project happen without your financial support. Thank you so very much!