Jesse Tyler Ferguson is used to wearing multiple hats — actor, blogger, neckwear designer and philanthropist — but in “Fully Committed,” his new one-man show on Broadway, he plays a reservationist at a hip New York restaurant and about 40 other characters. The frequent Tie Bar collaborator — a new bow tie collection inspired by his Broadway show will launch May 17 — spoke with WWD about getting dressed for New York restaurants and what he wants to do next.
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Do you spend more money on food or clothes?
Oh God. Probably food. I think that my husband spends more money on clothes and I spend more money on food.
How would you compare the fashion industry to the food industry?
I think that both industries service other people. There’s an element of performance at restaurants and it’s the same thing for fashion. Both industries are meant to make the consumer feel special.
Other than fine dining establishments, are there any restaurants that make you put more effort into your outfit?
There’s a restaurant downtown where I just had lunch called Marta and everyone there looks pulled together.
What do you think about fine dining dress codes?
I always get annoyed when I’m told what I have to wear to a restaurant, but I do miss the days when people got dressed up to go to the theater or get on an airplane. There’s something nice about dressing formally to show respect for these fine dining establishments that have become institutions.
What’s next for you in fashion?
I’m not sure. I love curating looks. It would be fun to curate a closet for someone. I’m open to anything really.