CFDA Connects is a network curated by the Council of Fashion Designers of America CFDA which is Chaired by American Fashion Designer Tom Ford. CFDA Leadership includes Steven Kolb, who serves as the CEO, CaSandra Diggs, who serves as the President, and Mark Beckham who serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Events.
Developed by Elliot Carlyle, the CFDA Connects program supports regional fashion weeks and organizations through promotion, business support, resources and member privileges whose influence alone will:
Designers selected to headline the 2022 Dayton Fashion Week Experience will also benefit from the following services via the CFDA Connects program:
Our parent company, the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC is a founding member of the CFDA Connects program, (DE-FI)'s Owner/Director Caressa L. Brown and (DE-FI) Designer Alum Aceani Michelle sit on the Leadership Committee and are members of the CFDA Award's Guild.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962, whose membership consists of 477 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers.
The mission of the CFDA is to strengthen the impact of American fashion in the global economy.
The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate not-for-profit organization, which was created to raise funds for charity and industry activities.
In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, the trade organization owns the Fashion Calendar.