Mary-Kate Olsen Discusses Married Life with Olivier Sarkozy

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen speak with the Net-A-Porter’s The Edit about their low-key lifestyles as fashion industry leaders.

The 30-year-old twin sisters, who began as child stars on Full House, are now the founders and designers of luxury label The Row and contemporary lifestyle brand Elizabeth and James. In their interview with The Edit, they discuss the vision behind their brand and how they manage their private lives when the workday is done.

“We like to say that Elizabeth and James is the new luxury,” says Mary-Kate. “It’s the idea that you can still have fashion, great fabrics and great fits at a lower price point.”

They pride themselves on their ability to build a brand without selling their souls to social media.

“We don’t dive into that world [of social media]; we don’t have Instagram or Facebook,” says Ashley. “So we’ve never been connected to our customers or our fans in that way. We’ve stayed quite sheltered.”

Mary-Kate, who married French banker Olivier Sarkozy in 2015, shares a behind-the-scenes look at their married home life together.

“We’re lucky [working hard] comes quite naturally for us,” she says of Ashley and herself. “We don’t need so much time to sit and think and ponder. But then I have a husband, two stepkids and a life; I have to go home and cook dinner. I ride horses on the weekends. You find the thing that helps you relax and if you don’t have it, you have to look for it. Or you get burned out and then you’re not productive.”

She adds that their goal for their brands is to provide women with sartorial confidence that allows them to dress however they want to dress.

“We just want to help women feel however they want to feel,” she says. “Every once in a while, we want to change our perfume or our haircut; we want to wear heels or flats. We just like to switch it up. That’s the beauty of clothes.”

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