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Affordable Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Designs? Believe It

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Much like Miley Cyrus, we believe Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen can do little wrong, stylewise. We’re big fans of Elizabeth and James and The Row and even affectionately admire their favored kooky rich bag-lady ensembles.

But because the Olsens’ designs tend to be priced for those closer to the Olsens’ income level, they generally stay on our “Wish List,” thought that may all change with the news that the sisters have created a collection for Norwegian high street retailer BikBok. With prices closer to Zara than, say, a new Mercedes-Benz (we’re looking at you, $55,000 backpack), we can finally fill our closets with the Olsen’s slightly edgy design aesthetic. There’s just one caveat: They only ship to Norway and Sweden.

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“Ashley and I are thrilled with our Fall 2013 Bik Bok collaboration. We feel the collection reflects our personal style and will connect with the Scandinavian girl,” Mary-Kate said in a statement on the line’s website. Added Ashley: “We’ve enjoyed the design process with the Bik Bok team and are excited to visit Oslo and Stockholm to launch the first of three collections in August.”

Their collection has lots of black, plenty of oversized shapes and even some leather. But more surprisingly, they included bold gold jewelry, bodycon dresses and — gasp — plaid. Prices start at 20 euro and max out at 500 euro for a highly designed leather jacket.

Check out the whole collection here, then tell us: What do you think of the twins’ latest design foray? Does it make you want to hop on a plane to Stockholm and start stocking up?

–Alex Apatoff

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