HBO documentary 'Suited' takes us into the world of bespoke Brooklyn tailor Bindle & Keep, which caters to non-gender conforming clients.
By
Stephanie Marie Anderson

28 Apr 2016 - 1:22 PM  UPDATED 28 Apr 2016 - 3:44 PM

"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak," said Hollywood stylist and one-time 'It Girl' Rachel Zoe.

There are countless quotes about how we use clothes to reflect our identity, so it only makes sense that Suited, a new documentary airing on HBO June 20, shows the significance of clothes to the transgender and gender non-conforming communities.

Produced by Girls' Lena Dunham and directed by Jason Benjamin, Suited takes viewers into the world of bespoke Brooklyn tailor Bindle & Keep.

Following six customers - including Dunham's own sister - the film shows how clothes don't make the person, but rather, they help that person accurately project the person already made, giving them confidence as they present themselves the way they wish to be seen in the world.

"It's all about just feeling great in your body," says Bindle & Keep owner and founder Daniel Friedman in the trailer, "especially when people have been struggling their entire lives, and they finally get into something that really fits them, the way they've always envisioned something would fit them? That's not fashion anymore."

Friedman says that the store is " focused on suiting everyone. Without bias," adding "if you have a body, you can be suited. And that's what makes us so inviting to communities that were, until now, ostracised by a very binary retail industry."

Director Jason Benjamin told the LA Times that he was inspired to make the film after reading a piece on the store in The New York Times.

"There was a moment that was described in the article where one of the clients who has been struggling for a long time with how they are presenting themselves to the world finally gets a suit on for the first time, and it fits, and that moment sounded very, very strong to me," he explained.