Jesse Tyler Ferguson, beau add a 'wedding' tie to charity line

January 03, 2013|By Adam Tschorn
  • Tie the Knot's newest bow tie ($25) is for sale. Label co-founder Jesse Tyler Ferguson joins Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon at a Wednesday marriage equality event in Chicago.
Tie the Knot's newest bow tie ($25) is for sale. Label co-founder Jesse… (The Tie Bar, left, and Timothy…)

Emmy-nominated actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family") and partner Justin Mikita have just added a new neck knot to their wildly successful month-and-a-half-old line of jaunty bow ties -- a formal style suitable for wedding wear.

The couple launched their Tie the Knot line, a collaboration with Chicago-based neckwear and accessories e-tailer the Tie Bar, on Nov. 15, with all proceeds going to fund various groups fighting for marriage equality. The inaugural collection of 20 limited-edition ties, which benefited the group Human Rights Campaign sold out by early December.

The new addition, a black, 100% silk bow tie with the label's owl logo rendered in a subtle allover print, can be purchased, as of Thursday, through the Tie Bar's website, for $25. Unlike the limited-edition seasonal offerings, the signature wedding bow tie will be available for purchase year-round.

The tie's release coincides with Ferguson and Mikita's scheduled appearance Thursday in the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, joining state Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon for Bow Tie Lobby Day, an effort to get the Illinois General Assembly to pass marriage equality legislation during the January legislative session.


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