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Despite popular belief, the "INC" is not short for incorporated, (DE-FI) Global INC is an LLC. The INC stands for Incubator Networking Collaborative
Our 2023-24 season is shaping up to be one of our largest seasons to date, making it imperative that we are very intentional with our audience and the attendees.
One of our goals is to make sure that by the end of the incubator process our talent is industry ready, which means aligning many of our policies and practices with those of major fashion weeks such as NYC, Paris, and Milan which all use invitation only practices, some invites are sent to key people and the vast majority of invites are by request only.
Another goal is to ensure that aspiring and emerging talent who are genuinely interested in seeking a career in fashion are not lost amongst those who attend fashion events for entertainment.
Each of our events are networking experiences designed to connect aspiring, emerging, and established fashion professionals to one another.
Tickets will only be available for purchase to those individuals who are invited.
Absolutely! All are welcomed to request an invite. Depending on the nature of the event, a select number of "Industry Supporter" invites will be set aside for those that'd would like to support our talent. Tickets will only be available for purchase to those individuals who are invited.
The Cincinnati Fashion Incubator applications are currently open with a deadline of May 1, 2023. The Dayton Fashion Week Designer Incubator applications will reopen October 1st, 2023 and will close December 31st, 2023.
It's simple, all you have to do is apply. The Associate Incubator application process is not as intensive as the designer incubator. Applications for the Associate Incubator are accepted year round.
Let's face it, vendor events are boring! We rarely have vendors at our events, so if you'd like to vend with us, you better bring your "A" Game.
We are in the big leagues, and have the Who's Who of the fashion Industry watching our work and attending our events.
People want engagement and interactive experiences, not just somebody sitting at a table trying to sell them something.
So if you have what it takes to help create an amazing hand on experience for our guests, applications open March 1st, 2023.
Model submissions are accepted year round for both (DE-FI) Models Agency and for our incubator events.
If (DE-FI) Models is interested in representing you, we will reach out to you via email with additional details.
Models who have submitted to walk in incubator related events, will be notified via email details of in person or online castings.
Applications for both can be found on the Get Involved menu.
Absolutely! (DE-FI) Models and (DE-FI) Global INC incubator events are two separate entities.
The tentative dates for the Dayton Fashion Week Runway Showcases are July 12th-14th, 2024. The tentative dates for Fashion Week of Cincinnati are October 4th-6th 2024.
Dayton Fashion Week's Designer Incubator and the Cincinnati Fashion Incubator are set up in 7 stages that last about a year in a half. A Weekend of (DE-FI)ance represents the one year mark where the designers put everything that they learned and worked on over the past year on display, from photoshoots to mini-runway presentations.
Picture A Weekend of (DE-FI)ance as more of an interactive and immersive fashion open house/pitch event where designers are evaluated and receive feedback on how to improve or adjust their line ahead of the main runway showcases in each respective city.
The Fashion Week showcases are all of the high energy, glitz, and glamor that you'd expect from a (DE-FI) Fashion Experience. Guests will have the opportunity to see measurable growth in the designers when they showcase their full line.
The headlining showcases for both Dayton Fashion Week and Fashion Week of Cincinnati are produced by (DE-FI) Global INC, however, everyone is welcomed to apply and produce their own events regardless of your affiliation with (DE-FI).
The Cincinnati Fashion Incubator is a part of the fashion pipeline bridging the gap between economic development, mentorship, resources, and access for fashion professionals.
Fashion Week of Cincinnati is the capstone of The Cincinnati Fashion Incubator, it's a highly competitive, concept to completion, retail, and industry ready fashion development program and consist of the high energy runway showcases.
(DE-FI) Global INC offers three different ways for you to host an event and to create your own original programming.
Coffee with a Designer
This is a great way to ease into the process of hosting an event, and morning and early afternoons are underutilized during the week. You determine the location of the meetup which can be a coffee shop, public space or co-working venue — be creative! This is also the most intimate format as it can include one-on-one meetups or small groups. We recommend capping participants at 12-15.
The organized Studio Crawl will be a fan favorite! Participating studios are selected by (DE-FI) advisors based on what they think will make the best experience for attendees.
Host your own event
Hosting an event is an opportunity for you to create your own original programming which can include, but is not limited to, a runway experiences, a workshop, panel discussion, or a speaker. The most well-attended events tend to engage a topic that provides valuable takeaways or includes well-known speakers.
Applications will open on January 1, 2024 and will close on March 24th, 2024 for Dayton Fashion Week. Dates for Fashion Week of Cincinnati Fashion Week will be announced soon.
Nope! Host are able to ticket their events however they see fit.
If you are offering your venue as a resource, please reach out to us at email@example.com. The events team can make the introduction if a host has an event, but no venue. (DE-FI) Global INC is not responsible for negotiating terms between a potential host and a venue.
Yes, we have an extensive press list and we will alert them of all participating exhibitors. If you have additional press you would like to invite, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.