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From The Gem City to the Queen City, The Cincinnati Fashion Incubator is set to launch July 2023 followed by Fashion Week of Cincinnati loading for 2024. Let's strengthen Southwest Ohio's fashion industry together!
Using an entrepreneurial approach, the Cincinnati Fashion Incubator uses individualized support, mentoring, community, collaboration, events, and resources to help designers develop their business.
Our mission is to accelerate emerging apparel and accessories designer businesses while strengthening the Southwest Ohio fashion industry via economic growth and job creation.
The Cincinnati Fashion Incubator is a well tailored opportunity for those seeking careers as a fashion designer and has three categories:
2) A Generation of (DE-FI)ance
Applications are accepted once per year, the deadline for applications is May 1, 2023.
Designer benefits include:
Designers in our incubator will:
Got questions? We've got answers, check out some FAQ.
(Please Note: CFDA Connects is currently only available with our sister company, Dayton Fashion Week.)
Open to aspiring, emerging and established designers, the Designer Talk Series is open to individuals ages 18 & better, and consists of two Peer Groups:
Designer Talk I ages 18-26
Designer Talk II, ages 27 & better
A Generation of (DE-FI)ance Fashion is a hands-on Fashion opportunity that introduces the creative and business side of the fashion industry and gives participants real-world application opportunities, open to ages 12-17.
The Designer Talk Series
The need for the two different Designer Talk peer groups is simple. The vast majority of the designers that come to us are in their mid-30's and better, it's their second chance at pursuing their dreams. With that comes a lot of doubt and uncertainty because now they have full time careers/jobs, families to support, mortgages, etc. which makes it really hard for most to give up the security of a guaranteed check from your regular 9-5/career resulting in designers in the Designer Talk II age ranges to move differently and at a different pace in the incubator than those in Designer Talk I.
What sets our fashion incubator a part from others is that our program has proven results that supports and nurtures aspiring, emerging, and established fashion designers and their brands from the start, through rapid growth, and eventual exit of the incubator by providing resources, work space, mentoring, and workshops to help grow your careers in fashion.
Aspiring, emerging, and established 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.
A Generation of (DE-FI)ance
Participants will have an opportunity to:
By the end of the experience, participants will have an understanding of the various aspects of the fashion industry including event planning, fashion design and styling, graphic design, modeling, photography, project management, and writing. They will be empowered and equipped with the tools needed to take them to the next level.
Our youth incubator taps into your youth's natural desire to express themselves through clothing in a fun and stimulating environment that encourages creative visioning and self-expression. This experience will allow your child to explore the various careers that the fashion industry has to offer in 3 modules:
1) Creative for those interested in becoming fashion designers.
2) The Business of Fashion for those interested in law, marketing, journalism, business management, etc.
3) Production for those interested set design, photography, event planning, etc.
Your child will:
The Designer Talk Series and A Generation of (DE-FI)ance are a monthly hybrid experience that includes:
The Cincinnati Fashion Incubator is not just for designers, it's also for photographers, models, business professionals, makeup artists, pattern makers, stylists, illustrators, videographers, fashion show producers, writers, sewists, tailors, bespoke, textile makers, and more.
Team and brand building are the keys to success for the designers in our incubator; the Associate Incubator members are all needed as a part of the process. Applications are accepted and reviewed year round. Membership Applications now available HERE.
The Associate Incubator member's benefits includes:
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and help others pursue their dreams in fashion! The Art of (DE-FI)ance Fashion Fund is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit.
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On Saturday, April 29th, 2023 (DE-FI) Global INC will produce the Inaugural Dayton Woman's Club Fashion Show featuring Clothes That Work and benefiting The Artemis Center for Domestic Violence.