“It’s like armor and a powerful experience,” says Lena Dunham about having your clothes custom-designed by Brooklyn-based tailoring co. Bindle & Keep. The unique clothier and their clients are the subject of an HBO documentary premiering in June that Dunham and fellow Girls EP Jenni Konner produced. The subject came to the duo’s attention via their boom operator Jason Benjamin, who was illuminated by Bindle & Keep after reading about them in the New York Times. The designer, which chiefly caters to the LGBTQ community, does more than just measure you. Those looking for custom-made wears are interviewed, and their personal narrative becomes stitched into their get-ups.
Dunham and Konner backed the initial 10-minute directorial by Benjamin before taking it to Sheila Nevins and Sara Bernstein at HBO, who ultimately turned Suited into a feature doc. In this clip, Dunham and Benjamin talk about how Bindle & Keep is an anomaly. In addition, Konner, Benjamin and Dunham talk about their second doc collaboration together, with the latter teasing her alter ego Hannah Horvath’s end game on Girls.
Suited will play at the Egyptian on January 27, the Holiday Village Cinema 4 on January 28, Prospector Square Cinema on Friday and the Broadway Centre Cinema 6 on Saturday. Deadline’s Sundance production team includes Leica Camera USA, Rotolight, Ben Turok and Sydney Cahoon as camera operators, John Kreidler as DP and Sal Castellanos as editor.