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Just a few weeks after announcing a men’s collection for their high-end line The Row, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are gearing up to launch menswear under their Elizabeth and James line for fall! “We knew eventually there would be a guy, James,” Ashley tells WWD. While the contemporary womenswear line already teeters on the feminine-masculine line, the menswear collection, says Ashley is “about balancing uptown and downtown.” But, continues Mary-Kate, “That’s not literal, it’s just a reference to fabrics and risks that people are willing to take in the way they dress.” The designing duo took inspiration from Oliver Twist and Peter Pan’s Lost Boys for their first Elizabeth and James men’s collection, which will launch at Barneys this fall with prices leaning higher than the womenswear line. With shoes launching around the same time, and jewelry already on the shelves, we wonder what’s next for the Olsen design team. Handbags? Please!