This Father’s Day, thousands of neckties will be gifted. But have you ever wondered where the idea of a decorative necktie came from? The story goes that French King Louis XIII hired Croatian mercenaries to fight in the Thirty Years War. The Croats wore a red piece of cloth around their necks to tie their jackets together. The cloth had a striking effect that Parisians admired. King Louis made it a royal accessory and gave this piece of cloth the name “La Cravate,” a derivation of Croat. Cravat is the French word for necktie.