Buying a suit that fits isn’t an easy process for the best of us. For transpeople, the search for a form fitting and flattering jacket and pants that show off one’s true personality at its snazziest is even harder. If you don’t feel comfortable in your own skin, searching for clothes that express a true sense of identity and personality can be mentally torturous. Enter Rae Tutera and Daniel Friedman, owners, founders, and operators of the Brooklyn bespoke tailor Bindle & Keep, who create a welcoming environment and create custom made formal wear for those most in need of feeling confident in their clothes.
Filmmaker Jason Benjamin takes a look at the impeccable looking threads and customers of Bindle & Keep for the HBO documentary Suited. Not to use a modern day cliché, but when it comes to the plight of the people Benjamin chronicles, the struggle is real, one born of Rae’s own frustrations in trying to find well fitting male clothing. The work he does with Daniel is vital and respectful. The main goal is to make clients feel as great as they deserve to feel, something many people take for granted.
After the opening, not much is glimpsed into the working partnerships or specifics of the business side of Tutera and Friedman’s burgeoning enterprise, but the personal stories of their customers are enlightening. It would have been nice to get a bit more on the people behind the company, but seeing what these clothes can do for people is nothing short of magical.