Fashion isn’t always simple–and it’s definitely not just something surface level. For many in the LGBTQ community, it’s extremely nuanced and complicated and meaningful.
This is exactly why Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner produced “Suited,” a new documentary focusing on the world of Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn suit company known for catering to the LGBTQ community. The trailer was just released, which gives us a glimpse, taking us into the worlds of a transgender man searching for a tuxedo for his wedding, a transitioning boy looking for an outfit for his bar mitzvah, and a nonconforming cab driver named Mel.
I was particularly moved when the teen was explaining why finding the right outfit is so important:
“My bat mitzvah is about becoming a woman, and I don’t want to become a woman.”
Clothes are more than just items we wear–they present the person we identify as to the world around us. For some, identity can be a fraught journey, and that’s essential to remember–which Bindle & Keep founder Daniel Friedman says in the clip:
“No one contacts us and says, ‘I want a fitting.’ They usually say, ‘This is my story.’”
Watch the trailer below–the documentary premieres June 20 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO: