If home is where the heart is then I may left mine in Texas after laying eyes on these timeless images of Mimi Elashiry captured by Harper Smith for Understated Leather. Art in its highest form reaches out of what we are trying to accomplish and surprises us when it stares back. There is something electric about these shots, something other than the perfect curve of her body, the rainstorm that rolled in by chance, something beyond the talent with the camera. Every element is in perfect working order here. The team set out to create Understated’s newest campaign, Heart of Gold, with an aim in mind to capture Mimi in all her natural glory. Shot on Harper’s ranch in Texas they went sans make-up, hair, and styling.
“Understated Leather creates heirloom pieces to be cherished forever as an extension of the wearer.” This lovely operation is owned and labored by Texan husband Josh Jones and Australian wife Jennifer Kassell – read our interview with Jen here. They specialize in intricate handmade leather detail using local, reliable, and ethically sound sources for every single piece. Their shop includes an arsenal of leather jackets one could own for a lifetime, in addition to countless vintage scores, jean jackets, and vests. Their reworked vintage pieces and hats are perfectly altered and adjust to fit their modern aesthetic. My personal favorite is their suede vest collection that I’m pretty sure must come with the spirit of Steve Nicks sewn right into it. The couple also takes, and encourages, creative custom orders so start thinking of that perfect something.