Now two of the most influential designers in the fashion industry, the Olsen twins started out as actresses, beginning their career as babies, both playing Michelle Tanner on Full House.
Their acting career flourished and at the age of six the fraternal twins were acting together in a number of TV shows and Films. They have accumulated a huge amount of wealth which has only increased since they stepped into the fashion world and are now two of the wealthiest women in the industry.
Since then their career in fashion has gone from strength to strength. In 2006 they created their first couture line, The Row (named after Savile Row) focusing on relaxed and timeless tailoring, and pieces inspired by their own vintage wardrobe. In 2007 they created their second line Elizabeth and James, a brand consisting of feminine pieces including dresses and separates, but all with the effortless stamp of the Olsen twins own personal style.
The twins have created an ethical work environment for their workers and made headlines when they pledged to give maternity leave to all the people who sew their line of clothing in Bangladesh, a move that was praised by the organizers of the pledge, The National Labor Committee.
In 2008, the twins went on to publish a book named Influence, a book featuring interview with some of the most prolific people in the fashion industry and in 2013 launched a new fashion line in Oslo, Norway, a perfect home for their style. With Norwegians style being more minimal which the Olsen twins said "Is great for us, as we are definitely attracted to that aesthetic."
The fashion industries support for the twins work has been unwavering, and in 2012 they were named Womensewear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) for their line, The Row and again in 2015. They also received the CFDA award in 2014, this time for Accessories designer of the year. With their timeless elegance, business savvy and classic beauty and incredible career already, they have certainly crammed a lot in their thirty years! Happy Birthday, Mary-Kate and Ashley, here's to the next thirty!! We can't wait to see what you do!!