March 24th, 2011
07:39 PM ET
Child stars turned designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have had a lifetime of memorable moments together — even when they're apart.
"Some of our memories are shared," Mary-Kate explains in Vogue magazine. "We don't know what actually happened to whom. One of us was stung by a bee, but we can't remember who, because we both felt it."
They both also felt the call to transition from "Full House" into fashion design. "We had a collection with Walmart at 12, which was the upper tier of the tween market. It was before celebrity designers," says Ashley. Adds Mary-Kate, "And we were really designing it. It would be jeans, a bit bohemian, or with a little blazer. It was really fashion-forward."
Today, their acclaimed collections include the luxury line The Row, the contemporary Elizabeth and James, and Olsenboye, their teen label for JCPenney. Not surprisingly, the sisters' success in the fashion world has left them with little desire to return to acting full time.
"I am so proud of what we did," Ashley says of their earlier TV and film work. "We made kids smile every day. But we had done the most we could do."
Now, the duo are looking toward the future and want to help nurture other aspiring artists.
"I want to run a studio," Ashley says. "I'd probably like to manage other people on their brands. It could be an artist. A young designer. It could be an existing brand."
Adds Mary-Kate, "The thing about us is we think big. Huge."
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