Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen have managed to leverage child stardom into a legitimate career in fashion. Despite having no formal design education, the 25-year-old twins now preside over a veritable fashion empire and have transformed into style icons themselves.
The Olsens' first mass-market clothing label landed in Walmart stores when they were 12. Years later, Ashley's quest to find the perfect T-shirt led to the founding of The Row (named in an homage to London's Savile Row), which is a hit among professional women who desire quality pieces that are luxurious but not flashy. The sisters later launched Elizabeth and James, a hipper, bohemian line, followed by Olsenboye, their affordable collection at JCPenney, and Stylemint, which began as an online T-shirt venture.
During a stint at New York University, the twins popularized the "boho chic" look with a layered mix of high- and low-end clothes, chunky jewelry and oversized sunglasses. Though it has sometimes been derided as "homeless chic," much of the fashion world jumped and remains on board. Whether it's through the contemporaries who emulate their personal style or more-mature women who favor their high-end labels, Ashley and Mary-Kate's influence cuts a wide swath.
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