Jesse Tyler Ferguson Talks Marriage Equality, Bow Ties, and Project Runway!

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Aug. 7 2013, Published 6:07 p.m. ET

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This week I jumped on the phone with Project Runway guest-judge, marriage equality activist, and the newly married Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. You know him, right? He's only one of the funniest, most delightful guys on scripted TV, and I got to talk to him about one very special stylish evening-wear statement.

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The celeb joins Zac Posen, Nina Garcia, Tim Gunn, and Heidi Klum for a very special episode on Thursday night, and we really think you should tune in. The suggestion couldn't be stronger.

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So you wanna know what the impromtu chat with a few lucky editors, and Jesse was all about? Jesse is the co-founder of Tie the Knot. It's an amazing charity that supports marriage equality and civil rights with proceeds from the sale of intricately printed and colorful bow ties.

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Since Jesse Tyler Ferguson co-founded this foundation with Justin Mikita, I had to know about at least one of the best ties he's ever rocked. It's not a simple black classic piece—oh no, the one he mentioned has feathers and was crafted by Viktor Luna.

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"He wore a feathered bow tie on I think the season finale of his season, and I adored it.  So when I met him for the first time, I told him about that bow tie that I was obsessed with. And about three weeks later, one arrived in my mailbox," says Jesse.

When it comes to designing the ties that are sold on the site, Jesse explained to an editor that his inspiration is varied.

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"It’s just simple sometimes as, you know, just seeing a text file that we really like, whether it be like a pattern on the street or, you know, a throw pillow on our living room. And sometimes we’d snap a photo of it and use that as a starting off point," he explains.


While bow ties are typically viewed as a menswear accessory, they aren't exclusively for lads. Females shouldn't be weary of rockin' them, and Jesse has a specific reason.

"Fashion has meant to be bold and has meant to be pushed. And I think that,  you know, people who are taking our bow ties and trying to wear them in different ways. So it’s really inspiring," he says.

He also shared that the bow tie trend was a part of his wedding, as he gifted the treat to his guests.

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