Writer/Director Ira Sachs and Love is Strange stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, have teamed up with Tie The Knot as guest designers, creating their own specialty bow ties inspired by the film.

In Sony Pictures Classics’ poignant, modern-day love story, debuting today from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina) finally “tie the knot” after nearly four decades together. With the goal of advocating for the civil rights of gay and lesbians throughout the world, Tie The Knot releases collections of neckwear seasonally to raise funds for organizations that support marriage equality.

The three limited edition, one-of-a-kind bow ties are:
• The Sachs-Torres is inspired by the iconic gay bar, Julius in New York City’s West Village, in which a poignant scene from the film is set. It features interlocking, stylized "J"s with a light blue base and various shades of pink, expressing a collaboration between Ira and his husband Boris Torres.
• Inspired by his character Ben and his love for art, The John Lithgow features bold, abstract combinations of colors similar to the styles of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.
• Inspired by his character George, a music teacher, The Alfred Molina features Frédéric Chopin, whose music scores the film, finished in the colorful style of an Andy Warhol piece.

The bow ties, which retail for $25 each, are now available exclusively at The Tie Bar. Proceeds from the sale of the bow ties will go to various organizations that are fighting for the civil rights of gays and lesbians every single day, as well as to fund Tie The Knot’s international public education campaign to help continue to move the dial in support of marriage equality.

“Everyday we are making progress in the fight for marriage equality. I am excited to tie a bow, so to speak, on the gift of equality for our children & their children… for years to come,” says Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tie The Knot Founder.

“Love is Strange is a film about the family we choose as gay people,” says Ira Sachs. “And our bowtie honors the importance of a meeting place like Julius’ to the building of community.” Adds Sachs’ husband, Boris Torres, “For Ira and I, it was also where we fell in love, so it seems particularly fitting as a metaphor for our relationship, and marriage.”

From celebrated independent filmmaker Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On), LOVE IS STRANGE follows Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina), who finally tie the knot after nearly four decades together among family and friends. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. The film also stars Cheyenne Jackson (Behind the Candelabra), Manny Perez (“Rescue Me”), Darren Burrows (“Northern Exposure”), Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei (Best Supporting Actress, My Cousin Vinny, 1993), and Charlie Tahan (Blue Jasmine).

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