The Elizabeth and James brand is another line the twins’ company operates. It launched a year after The Row. These styles remind us of the girls’ playful and hip fashions of bygone days. It offers cool, contemporary, and edgy looks with lots of accessorizing options like bulky sunglasses, trendy bags, and fashion jewelry.
The brand launched at low-cost stores like Walmart and JC Penny. It also partnered with Khol’s, which gained an exclusive contract in 2018. Tons of stars have been spotted in Elizabeth & James apparel, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Millie Bobby Brown, and Rita Ora – just to name a few. The line is practical and stylish – ideal for celeb street style.
At The Row, the product is at the very top of the line. It all started because the twins wanted to design the perfect white t-shirt. Garments are a work of perfection. Tailoring is sublime, something the girls looked for all those years in costuming.
The Row is their ideal clothier. Accessories are also divine at The Row. The Row alligator backpack is legendary. The $39,000 bag with gold fasteners has been spotted in NYC, toted by none other than Ashley. It went like hotcakes at its 2011 debut. The lowest-priced items in the accessory line go for about $4,700. That all sounds a little crazy, but the twins know how to source and create high-quality products, and their price reflects their worth.
The Kids Row
The latest luxury line from The Row caters to children. For the first time, upscale trends for little ones were unveiled. Sweaters, comfy pants, belted cardigans, and colorful cashmere pieces are part of the Kids Collection. It is costly to be this stylish. A pair of pants hits $600 on the price tag.
Perhaps the most alluring aspect of the new line is that the collection is not gendered. The savvy designer sisters said that gender-free clothing was a priority from the start. The collection is targeted at kids between the ages of two and ten. It may not be for your average Joe Shmoe's kid, but for those who want to splurge, the quality is well worth it.
PETA and the Olsen Twins
Still, Mary-Kate and Ashley aren't without their controversies. The animal rights organization hates them so much they made a 6-minute video satire called “Full House of Horrors.” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have a problem with the twins’ fashion lines. Especially those items made of fur.
PETA calls the sisters' brands “nauseating, pesky, and terrible.” It’s personal. They call it a “sick fur habit.” The group says real fur should never be used when fabulous fake furs are available. Honestly, they make a good point. The Olsen twins haven't publically responded to the criticism, but their style has evolved since PETA's allegations, so hopefully there will be a change to their brands in due time.
Mary-Kate the Equestrian
Both of the twins learned to ride horses as 6-year-olds playing Michelle Tanner who picked up the hobby. Mary-Kate kept up with it. She loves horses. She rode all through high school and lamented she had to take a break from it while at NYU. It's more than just a hobby for the fashion mogul, Mary-Kate has raced professionally for years.
By 2021, she was still at it and placing third at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Rome. A horse named Dunotaire V. took her to the finish line, and, according to BestLife, she has been riding him for years. The same horse ranked 7th out of 40 riders in Wellington, Florida in 2018. It's hard to imagine MK found time to ride with her crazy life schedule, but we're sure this has been a great anchor for her mentally.