young woman of God, Crystal Rose, an artistic
force in her own right (screenwriter/director), to
bring their passion and focus for Christ into the
fashion world. Crystal joined us to talk about
their newest venture, Riley and Rose, a fashion
line with a message and how it came to be.
LIA: How did the decision to begin a fashion
line come about?
Rose: We were both just fed up with what we
saw people wearing on the streets.
Riley: A lot of street fashion has t-shirts with
curse words and derogatory language.
Rose: Yeah, stuff we have no interest in paying
for, or wearing.
Riley: We just had this conversation and I was
saying I just really want to start a fashion line,
and Crystal told me she had just prayed about
that, and that God told her to talk to me about it!
Rose: We wanted something that we could wear.
Riley: Yes, dedicated to bringing the positivity
back into fashion.
Rose: The first line is Liberate. It is not just
about fashion; it’s about a message.
We use Psalm 139: 14 as our tag line, “You are
fearfully and wonderfully made.
Riley: We want people to know God loves them
and that He accepts them.
LIA: Why was it important to include God in
this? You could’ve just done a fashion line and
left it at that. Why the message?
Riley: I don’t think Christians have to be quiet.
There are other companies that have placed
Christ on their packaging and they are doing
very well. God is obviously blessing them for it.
It’s our time as Christians to not be afraid.
LIA: There is obvious ministry around it, but
is there more ministry to come? Are there other things that
you will do with the fashion line and it’s proceeds?
Rose: For sure, we want to do a scholarship fund and help
other young entrepreneurs build their dreams. We’ve talked
about supporting orphanages in other places. There is a lot
that we want to do.
Riley: Especially if they are in the arts. We see this fashion
line as more than just writing words on t-shirts. God tells us
we are blessed to be a blessing. So, we want to bless others.
We want to expand so that we can do that.
LIA: I’ve noticed that your approach to having the word of
God on your products is understated. Was that purposeful?
Rose: We want everyone to wear it. We want to start conver-
sations, for people to be intrigued by the design and then go
Riley: We find that we want to get the word out as much as
possible and we wanted people to be open. It is subtle; we
are representing but not hitting people over the head with it.
LIA: How did God manifest in the process of the fashion
line coming together?
Riley: Just the way it came together, that we both had it on
our hearts at the same time. That He gave us the download.
We thought to ourselves, we shouldn’t walk away from this.
If it’s His will, it’s His bill. He’ll make it happen.
Rose: I feel that there is a lot of pressure building in the
world. There is no time to be on the fence with your faith.
God is trying to make a distinction and the idea to be wearing your faith is something that came directly from Him. He
is the idea. We just listened.
LIA: Chantel, one final question. If you could tell the people
who are going to read this, what would you like to say?
Riley: “I always say these four words to people: Dream,
pray, believe and receive.
Those four words got me here and they can get you where
you need to go.”
Look for the film “Race” in theatres this fall and for more
information on the Liberate line of clothing visit