About

The Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC  is a first of its kind one stop organization that addresses and supports the fashion industry as a whole. An organization so influential in its practices, strategy, and proven results that it reshaped how other regional fashion organizations across the the Midwest operate.  Affectionately known as (DE-FI) and pronounced "defy" we are a barrier removing volunteer community Think Tank providing access for emerging designers, aspiring models, sewist, writers, photographers, HMUA's, videographers, and textile makers into the fashion industry.  All of which is established in a first of its kind 14,737 sqft space, the House of (DE-FI)ance: A Fashion & Design Coworking Experience and Dayton Threads inside of the Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Dayton, OH 45459.  (DE-FI) is both honored and proud to be an affiliate of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and a founding member of the CFDA Connects Program.