The Olsens Discuss The Row & Their Roots in ‘Vogue’

There’s a lot to love about the April issue of Vogue. First, we have the long-awaited cover story of flame-haired Rihanna, shot by Annie Leibovitz. There’s also a heartfelt and quite candid editor’s letter penned by Anna Wintour, dedicated to Grace Coddington in honor of the creative director’s 70th birthday. “Grace is always thinking about the human being at the core of the photograph,” Wintour writes. Perhaps our favorite feature of this issue is the fresh profile on pint-sized moguls and 2011 CFDA Award nominees, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Here are some choice quotes from the piece.

On their success in the fashion industry sans a design degree: “[The Olsen-managed $1 billion company] Dualstar started when we were six. And we had a collection with Walmart at twelve, which was the upper tier of the tween market. It was before celebrity designers.” – Ashley

On having super twin powers: “Some of our memories are shared. We don’t know what actually happened to whom. One of was stung by a bee, but we can’t remember who, because we both felt it.” – Mary-Kate

On growing out of their child star roots: “I am so proud of what we did. We made kids smile every day. But we had done the most we could.” – Ashley

On ditching LA for NYC: “The press here in New York respect you more. It was the worst in Los Angeles when we got out license. They would follow us. They knew where we lived. And you don’t know who these people are. People just out of jail.” – Ashley

On the perks of being an Olsen’s friend: “I couldn’t believe what they did when I texted in a panic about having nothing to wear for my audition for Gatsby. I was hoping they’ve send me some things from The Row, but then these huge boxes arrived—Ashley’s entire collection of thirties vintage dresses.” – Carey Mulligan

On developing their signature style: “We had our observations about fashion changing, when it went from being so eighties to the slipdress and the dark lip. We’d see students coming back from college in grunge. And then Lori Loughlin [of Full House] had all this great Donna Karan.” – Mary-Kate

On their ambitious future in fashion and beyond: “The thing about us is we think big. Huge.” – Mary-Kate

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