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The rare outing comes two years after the Olsen twins opened up to Net-a-Porter’s

While speaking to the outlet, the sisters explained that their focus is split between work — they head up lifestyle brand Elizabeth and James and high-end fashion line The Row — and personal commitments.

At the time, the Olsens’ former longtime publicist, Michael Pagnotta, told PEOPLE he remembered when they decided to leave a life in front of the camera and enter the fashion world.

“They came to New York and wanted to go to college,” recalled Pagnotta. “They’d been kind of hamster-wheeling their lives, and through the first year of college, when they got to NYU,  they actually met people who had a different take on the world. They maybe got a different sense of what their future might be. And maybe it wouldn’t necessarily be in acting.”

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He said at this time, the Olsens also realized working in fashion was what they most enjoyed. “They understood it and seemed to have a knack for it,” Pagnotta said.

Pagnotta said another possible reason they retreated from the spotlight was that everything got “a little too big,” citing their fame from

“I think that as it got bigger and bigger, when the Walmart thing happened, you could see it getting maybe a little too big and overwhelming even, and the ability to remain normal, in the light of that fame and wealth and responsibility,” he explained.

Despite growing up in the spotlight, Pagnotta noted that the twins have always had a good head on their shoulders, due in part to their strong upbringing.

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“They were always part of a very loving family that was aware they were kids and needed to have a real life,” said Pagnotta “The most important thing people should know about them was they were allowed to be kids. They had the normal kind of concerns, the normal kinds of fears, and the same kind of fun.”

These days, Mary-Kate — who married French banker Olivier Sarkozy, 49, in 2015 — is focusing on her new family when she is not working. “I have a husband, two stepkids and a life. I have to go home and cook dinner,” she told

Meanwhile, Ashley spends off-hours with her boyfriend, artist Louis Eisner, 30.

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