November 2nd 2009

From Wal-Mart to runway worthy: the Olsen twins

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have been household names since playing Michelle on our favourite family sitcom Full House. Now Ashley and Mary-Kate, both 23, are continuing their reign as they move forward in fashion: from tween-wear in Wal-Mart to international mega boutique owners.

Carrying both a high-end line, The Row, and a mid-priced label Elizabeth and James, they’ve seen a 500% growth since just 2007.

And today they’re also the owners and co-presidents of Dualstar Entertainment Group, the company that made them multi-millionaires in the first place.

A smart duo, those two, who own their brand and are committed to growing their fashion business.

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(Need a gift idea for a fashion fan? Check out Mary Kate and Ashley’s book Influence, filled with candid, revealing letters, interviews and artwork from fashion icons and famous designers.).

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.