Last year, NYT told the story of Bindle & Keep, the go-to storefront for women seeking bespoke suiting to what are traditionally masculine specifications. The story itself was surprising—the store's founder initially had no idea his suiting skills could befit the trans community so well—and moving—the importance of wearing a dress shirt with the buttons on the "male" side cannot be undervalued for many trans women. Bindle & Keep is one of the only shops of its kind, and has become an invaluable resource. As the founder, Daniel Friedman, said at the time, "“When we started this business, it was for money,” he said. “And now it’s not. It was the emotion, the excitement that people had, that became everything for the company. At least for me. You don’t expect to turn a corner and that’s what you’re going to find.” Now, Lena Dunham is producing a documentary on Bindle & Keep, following three customers through both their sartorial experiences at the store and through the nuances of navigating a complex gender identity/presentation in day to day life. The film, called Three Suits, promises to follow in the important emerging trend of an increasing number of documentaries illuminating different aspects of the trans community—including What's The T? and Kate Bornestein is a Queer and Present Danger —that have 2014 releases.
September 23, 2014