Mary-Kate Olsen explains why she and her twin sister Ashley are what she calls “discreet people” in a rare new interview with i-D.
Discussing mainly their fashion line history and passions for their fashion company The Row, Mary-Kate said that maintaining a private personal life was an important part of how she and Ashley grew up. “We were raised to be discreet people,” Mary-Kate said.
“I think that potentially that’s just our aesthetic, our design preference,” Ashley added, “But that doesn’t mean that we don’t also appreciate something truly ornate or maximal. Sometimes a collection even starts quite like that, and then gets pared down. It doesn’t always start from that simplistic place.”
Ashley said that when the dynamic duo first launched The Row, they didn’t want people to know they were the designers behind it, saying, “We really didn’t want to be in front of it. We didn’t necessarily even want to let people know it was us, in a way. I mean, it was one of those things where it was really about the product, to the point where we’re like, ‘Who could we get to kind of front this so we don’t have to?’ I think, to this day, you’ll see we really put the product first.”
35-year-olds Mary-Kate and Ashley have long been out of the acting game and are celebrating 15 years of their fashion company. The twins decided against participating in the Netflix reboot of Full House, where they had their breakout role as Michelle Tanner.
However, they have maintained relationships with some of their costars, like Bob Saget, People reports. In February, Bob Saget said they will still visit when they can. “Ashley and Mary-Kate. I love so much. When I’m in New York or when they’re here, when we can, we see each other,” he said.