Rae Tutera is a jack-of-all-trades from New York. After navigating the cis/straight custom menswear landscape in 2010 as a transmasculine person, Rae felt there was a unique need for a trans/queer-identified clothier. In 2012, Rae asked Daniel Friedman for an apprenticeship at Bindle & Keep. In 2015, Rae opened a general store in Brooklyn called Willoughby General.
Suffering from the effects of accidental lead poisoning, Daniel appropriated skills from his former architecture career to develop a unique method of suit design. His company would eventually support people of all genders and gender identities whose needs were not being met by conventional tailors. Working hard to improve the lives of his clientele, Daniel improved his own.
Derek Matteson is a registered nurse in Providence, Rhode Island. He is a transgender man who transitioned from female to male about a decade ago. The film follows Derek as Bindle & Keep makes a suit for his upcoming wedding, he and his fiancée visit his rural Pennsylvania hometown, and he has his remaining female reproductive organs surgically removed.
Everett Arthur is a transman and cellist currently attending law school in Atlanta, Georgia. In need of suits for upcoming job interviews, Everett approaches Bindle & Keep looking to buy a few custom suits. Everett's gender identity proves to be a hurdle when trying to secure a legal internship in the South.
Aidan Star Jones
Aidan Star Jones is a transgender teenage boy whose Bar Mitzvah is approaching. His grandmother contacts Bindle & Keep after their family is unable to find him a suit that fits his needs in their hometown of Tucson, Arizona.
Grace Dunham is a writer and activist from New York City. Grace comes to Bindle & Keep for a winter suit she can “run around in” and wear to professional engagements and events. Grace identifies as gender-nonconforming, i.e. she does not feel that either "male" or "female" is an accurate description of who she is and the ways in which that changes.
Dr. Jillian T. Weiss is an attorney and professor in New York who focuses on transgender issues in the workplace. She is a transgender woman who approaches Bindle & Keep for suits that will make her look and feel her best as she argues an important discrimination case in federal court.
Jason Benjamin was born in New York City and educated at The City University of New York. He received a BA in Sculpture and an MFA in Documentary film. He worked as a welder for 11 years and then became a boom operator. For the past 14 years, he has quietly observed a wide-ranging group of directors, actors and showrunners transform their stories from script to screen. SUITED is his directorial debut.
Lena Dunham is a writer, director and the creator and star of Girls on HBO. In 2010, she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for her feature Tiny Furniture, which she also starred in and directed. In 2014, she and Jenni Konner co-founded A Casual Romance Productions. She and Jenni are also the co-founders of LennyLetter.com, which launched this fall. Her book of personal essays, Not That Kind of Girl, was published in September 2014, and she is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker.
Jenni Konner is a writer, director, and executive producer of Girls on HBO. She began her career as a writer on Judd Apatow's celebrated television series, Undeclared. In 2014, she and Lena Dunham co-founded A Casual Romance Productions. She and Lena are also the co-founders of LennyLetter.com, which launched this fall.
Stacey Reiss is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed and produced documentaries and long form programs for HBO, NBC, WNET and CNBC. Her films include Suited (Sundance Film Festival 2016,) It's Me, Hilary (Sundance 2015), The Diplomat (Tribeca Film Festival 2015,) and I Knew It Was You (Sundance 2009): all were acquired by HBO. She also is the producer of The Eagle Huntress which premiered at Sundance 2016 and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.
Carly Hugo produces both narratives and documentaries with her NYC-based company, Loveless. Her recent films include HBO documentaries Suited (Sundance ’16) and Everything is Copy (New York Film Festival '15), Five Nights in Maine (Toronto '15), Mother of George (Sundance '13), Bachelorette (Sundance '12), HBO documentary Hot Coffee (Sundance '11), and Vera Farmiga's Higher Ground (Sundance '11). Carly was the executive producer of Share, a short film that won First Prize in the Cinéfondation section of Cannes ’15.