Do You Know Someone Who Deserves a Free Custom Suit? Nominate Them for the ACE Hotel NY + Bindle & Keep + dapperQ “Beyond Measure” Campaign!

Ace Hotel New York + Bindle & Keep + dapperQ Present
Special Guest Judges: JD Samson, Murray Hill, Eliza Byard and dapper Q

In celebration of New York Fashion Week 2015, Ace Hotel New York is partnering with bespoke clothiers Bindle & Keep, JD Samson, Murray Hill, Eliza Byard and dapperQ for Beyond Measure, an opportunity to honor three deserving nominees with the gift of a custom suit and dress shirt from Bindle & Keep, plus a night’s stay at Ace Hotel New York.

A bespoke suit is not just an article of clothing; it is a tool, a feeling, a hand-crafted self-portrait with leaf-turned edges. We want people to look the way they feel, confident, classic and teeming with self-love, so we’re asking our neighbors and friends from the community to nominate a special someone they think deserves a new suit — activists, social workers and rebels, those in the law and civil rights sector and those fighting the good fight for positive social change.

We’re accepting nominations until February 15 at 11:59pm EST. Visit to share their names, their loves, their heart’s work and the reason they need some fresh gear. You can include pictures, links, related press, inspired mixtapes, testimonials and other supporting ephemera if you like.

Submissions will be judged by JD Samson, Murray Hill, Eliza Byard and dapperQ. We’ll announce winners February 17, during New York Fashion Week.

This is open to NYC residents, or people who can easily travel to NYC.

The Beyond Measure campaign is rooted in the value that everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, size, age, gender identity, class, or sexual orientation deserves to express themselves how they see fit, be respected, and feel good. In our culture, clothing plays an integral role in how we honor our uniqueness. As Derrick Ableman of Bindle & Keep states:

Naturally, clothing is an expression of the individual personality. But truly custom suiting can be like having your beloved family piano tuned by Carnegie Hall’s in-house technician. Once brought together and harmonized, the wearer’s self will sing out more clearly and resonate farther than ever before.

dapperQ was extremely excited to learn that businesses like the Ace Hotel share in these same values. As a fashion and empowerment website, our New York Fashion Week events have always focused on using fashion as a springboard to advance visibility and equality, and the Beyond Measure campaign is congruent with our continued efforts this season. Kelly Sawdon of the Ace Hotel team said of the Beyond Measure campaign, “Like Bindle & Keep, Ace celebrates individualism — they’re a natural partner for us to help recognize standouts doing impactful work for their communities by offering them a beautiful suit and a restoring night away.”

We invite you to learn more about the participating brands and judges below.

About Bindle & Keep
Bindle & Keep is an NYC-based bespoke clothier that has distinguished itself as a company that makes clothes for everyone, regardless of gender, orientation or physique. Their unique work within the LGBTQ community will be the focus of an upcoming HBO documentary produced by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner.

About Ace New York
Ace Hotel New York reinvents the urban hotel for the people who make cities interesting. With a sense of curiosity and respect for the history and culture of New York City, the 12-story hotel lives in a historic, turn-of-the-century building in Midtown Manhattan. The space serves up engaged fashion retail, Michelin-starred restaurants and eloquent, mischievous and interesting answers to the travel experience.

About the Judges

JD Samson
JD Samson is best known as leader of the band MEN and as one-third the electronic-feminist-punk legends, Le Tigre. Operating at the intersection of music, art, activism, and fashion for over a decade, JD has toured the world, produced songs for Grammy winning artists, written for the Huffington Post, Talkhouse, and Creative Review, and engaged in direct support with a wide-range of progressive social and political causes.

Murray Hill
Named one of the top 12 gender-bending performers in NYC by Time Out, hometown nightlife legend, comedian, and renowned entertainer Murray Hill, “the hardest working middle-aged man in show business,” is a larger-than-life personality frequently found in “Best of New York” lists.

Eliza Byard
Eliza Byard, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), oversees all program development and oversight, including the first-ever Ad Council campaign on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. An award-winning filmmaker and media professional, Byard has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, AC360, ABC World News, and Talk of the Nation, among other programs. Byard served on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s commission on runaway and homeless LGBT youth, and currently serves on the LGBT youth suicide prevention task force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

dapperQ is the primer style and empowerment website for masculine presenting women and trans-identified individuals. Dubbed GQ for the “unconventionally masculine,” dapperQ was among the first digital spaces to champion “menswear” for those traditionally under-served by mainstream menswear media and designers. dapperQ produces wide-ranging original content and events for which it has received media coverage in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post, to name a few.

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