DE-FI was created by owner and founder, Dayton native Caressa Brown.
“The House of (DE-FI)ance space is what I like to call Phase I, where the networking, training, professional development and business takes place,” Brown said in a release. “Phase II is where designers can have their product micro-manufactured or prototyped. We have a designer studio for designers to work on their trade and meet with clients. We are also creating a sound studio in the back space of Phase II where designers can work with musicians to create runway music for their shows.”
Brown is a former model who has worked in higher education for the past decade at Clark State, Sinclair Community College, Wright State University and The Ohio State University. Currently, Brown serves as an administrative coordinator for the Agriculture Research Development Program at Central State University, and also sits on the advisory board for Hocking College’s new Fashion Design Program.
“Phase III is the retail space of Dayton Threads and represents the finished product,” Brown said. “You’ve done the work in Phase I, you had your product produced in Phase II, and Phase III is where you’ll sell your work. Ideally, the customer that shops at Dayton Threads is planning ahead for travel or a special occasion.”