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Brooklyn's LGBTQ-Friendly Tailors the Subject of HBO Doc

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Brooklyn-based bespoke tailoring company Bindle & Keep will be the subject of a new HBO documentary produced by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, reports Vanity Fair. Three Suits will follow a trio of Bindle & Keep's transgender clients as they have their custom suits made, while "examining the significance of the process for a set of customers with complex gender identities."

"We were totally blown away when Lena's team first reached out to us," founder Daniel Friedman told the magazine. "The art we practice is so specialized that it was hard to believe heavy hitters were taking an interest."

Though Bindle & Keep is based in Park Slope, it acts as an in-home tailoring service to its clients, many of whom are part of the LGBTQ community. A New York Times profile on the business last winter highlighted the company's popularity with transgender clients, whom Friedman didn't necessarily intend to seek out: "When we started this business, it was for money," he told the paper. "And now it's not. It was the emotion, the excitement that people had, that became everything for the company."

By now, Friedman's clients include everyone from engaged gay couples to cast members from Orange Is the New Black, drawn in by the company's mission to accommodate every body and gender identity.

The documentary will likely also touch on Friedman's own battle with his body—seven years ago, an untreated case of Lyme disease caused the then-architect to lose his ability to read and write. After re-developing his visual and drawing skills, Friedman turned to fashion design.
· Bindle & Keep [Official website]
· Lena Dunham Producing Documentary About LGBTQ. Bespoke Tailor in Brooklyn [VF]