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Congratulations to Mary-Kate & Ashley & The Row on their Fall 2017 collection showing yesterday in New York City!
13 February 2017: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were caught in a hair-raising gust of wind this morning as the twins stopped to have a cup of coffee outside ‘The Row’ Fall 2017 fashion show in New York.
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13 February 2017: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen attend ‘The Row’ Fall 2017 fashion show in New York City.
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One feels luxuriously dressed in a calm, pure, and minimal way,” says Cate Blanchett, serene and soigné in a cashmere blanket coat from the label she’s lauding: The Row. Like Blanchett herself, The Row is synonymous with quality and a kind of independent synergy. Of course, she’s hardly the only fan: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s customers are helping the eleven-year-old label claim the mantle of the wardrobe of our time in the same way that Donna Karan defined New York women’s essentials in the nineties.
Behind their international success, Mary-Kate and Ashley have always worked privately and mindfully, showing beautiful clothes their way, sans spectacle. In fact, they loathe fuss. But how did two former child stars—who just turned 30 this past June—become such connoisseurs of so many different women’s wardrobes? The twins are as succinct in their response as they are in their designs: “Continuity,” says Mary-Kate. “We are a trustworthy brand that really sells exactly what we say we’re selling.” Adds Ashley: “The only people we feel we need to answer to are our clients.”
They attribute their perfectionist resolve to having been given a voice at a very young age and having sat in many meetings with heads of the entertainment and finance industries, allowing both of them to hone their ability to decipher “the good influences versus the bad influences,” as Ashley puts it, while staying focused. “We own our brand. We don’t get pushed in any direction.”
With the exception of a few Italian knits, they manufacture all of their ready-to-wear in the United States. “That means a lot,” Mary-Kate says. “We’ve created at least 80 jobs.” Their elegant designs, by their very nature, challenge fast fashion.
As it turns out, the Olsens were ahead of their time in more than just style. In their April 2001 issue of Mary-Kate and Ashley magazine, they predicted Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as part of a feature devoted to the question “When will we get our first female president, and who might it be?” Sixteen years later, their designs defy age and—even though they have just launched menswear—gender. “It’s more about respecting one another, whether you’re a female or a male or whatever,” says Mary-Kate. With the Women’s March on Washington then around the corner, she adds, “Women are not the only ones that feel this way—a lot of people feel it. The atmosphere around the entire globe is very interesting right now.”
“What’s going to happen tomorrow? Collectively, I feel everyone is asking that,” says Ashley, who’s made a positive attitude her goal of the year. “What we’ve built so far is pretty incredible. I would like to push that further—but also to be a little lighter on ourselves.”—Emma Elwick-Bates For Vogue
Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen’s fondness for jewelry is real and documented. And now, alongside their lustrous bags, brocades, and cashmeres, their accessories department for The Row has gotten a lot more personal. Luckily the Olsens’ appreciation for the jewelry market has transcended into something we can all now be a part of because they’ve introduced a hand-selected curation of vintage jewelry that is now for sale at both stores in New York and Los Angeles. As both of the designers say, buying jewelry is a personally rewarding experience for both men and women. Their offering includes a range of pieces similar to their own collections, from painted mosaic pendants, snake charms, amethyst crests, turquoise to Georgian and Victorian era pieces. Yet, the collection, which sells between $220 and $4,440 and is only available in-store, feels worn-in, so it has the effect of being approachable and every-day, wearable with jeans or to black-tie.
What is your history with jewelry?
Ashley Olsen: We knew we wanted to include jewelry in our stores as we curated the experience for our clients. We want the experience to be personal, and jewelry is one of the most personal items you can buy for yourself or for others.
What is the inspiration behind this collection?
Mary-Kate Olsen: We wanted to offer our customers something unique, so we selected vintage pieces that we thought may be more difficult to find outside of one store.
And what did you want to convey with the collection?
Mary-Kate: When we opened our first store in 2014, the idea was to create a personal experience for each visitor. We didn’t want the space to feel like a store, but a home that reflected its environment. Jewelry is very special, and can be sentimental. In our mind, it was always going to be part of the narrative.
Who is your ideal client? Is she alternative, classic, simple?
Mary-Kate: All of our clients are the ideal client, and they are all very different from one another, which is great. They pick the pieces that fit into their idea of the perfect wardrobe.
Would you consider this collection to fall under the ever expanding ‘self-purchase’ market for jewelry?
Ashley: Absolutely, but they can also be a personal gift.
Will you consider doing custom pieces within the collection?
Ashley: At this time, we are not creating jewelry in house.
Mary-Kate: But maybe one day!
How long will you offer this collection for?
Mary-Kate: Each piece is chosen individually, so the vintage offering is continuously re-curated, as pieces are sold.
Source: W Magazine
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09 November 2016: Mary-kate Olsen and sister Ashley Olsen attend New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets game at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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The 30-year-old could not keep her hands or her lips off the art dealer, 58, as they watched the New York Knicks face off against fellow local team Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. The pair – who were only romantically linked less than two weeks ago – were on a double date with Ashley’s sister Mary-Kate and her husband Olivier Sarkozy. Mary-Kate and Olivier were also putting on a loved up display with the pair kissing and giggling like high school love birds. While Mary-Kate and Olivier got tongues wagging back in the day about their age difference – they are 17 years apart – but Richard more than a decade on Olivier.
The couples were not seated together in their private box, but whenever they came up for air from their kissing sessions they did try to chat over the noise and across the stairway separating them. Ashley seemed to be really enjoying her night with Richard and spent most of the game leaning against him and stealing kisses whenever she could and it was not just a peck here and there, at one point her older beau romantically reached up and pulled her face towards his for a big kiss.Ashley may have been inspired to continue to try to date up a few decades by her sister and Olivier.The couple, who married a year ago, are clearly very much in love. While there may be 17 years between them, there was no space between them as they watched the Knicks managed to hold back the Nets 110 to 96.Ashley obviously feels she has found someone she thinks is pretty special now that she is bringing her around her twin. Page Six was first to report there may be something going on between The Row designer and the art collector after they were spotted at a spin class together on October 28.They had been photographed walking around the Hamptons a week prior. Richard is said to be divorced, and lives in New York, St. Barts and Malibu.He is not her first foray into dating a man of vintage from the art works, with Ashley briefly dating George Condo, 58, while prior to that she was with the CEO of Oliver Peoples CEO David Schulte, 47.
NEW YORK, United States — American luxury label The Row has added a new executive team member to its roster.
David Schulte will join the company, co-founded by co-ceos Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen in 2006, as president, effective immediately. He arrives from the Los Angeles-based, Luxotica Group-owned Oliver Peoples, where he has served as president and chief executive since 2006.
“The Row has a distinctive culture, aesthetic and independent spirit that I am completely aligned with,” Schulte, who will be based in New York, told BoF. “I look forward to contributing to its continued success.”
The news comes on the heels of several important steps in The Row’s business trajectory, including the opening of its first New York retail location in May 2016 — joining its Los Angeles location — and the introduction of its first menswear collection in late October 2016.
“We believe that David’s experience and innate sensibility for the brand will help manifest The Row’s next level of global growth,” co-chief executives Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen told BoF in a joint statement.
Indeed, the label’s critical acclaim — including two CFDA Awards for Womenswear — along with wholesale and retail commercial success has positioned it as a leader in American luxury, indicating there is more to come.
Congratulations to both Mary-Kate & Ashley!
05 September 2016: EXCLUSIVE: Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy fly out of the Hamptons on a private jet in the Hamptons, New York.
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26 July 2016: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend the Elizabeth and James Flagship Store Opening Celebration with InStyle Magazine at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California
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