Men’s Ascots & Cravats – The ascot tie can be said to be the predecessor to the tie or bow tie. The ascot developed from the cravat in the late 19th century, when the European gentry began wearing cravats more informally. Cravats and ascots are very similar, which can cause some confusion. To distinguish between them, you could say that the ascot tie is an untied cravat that you tie yourself. The cravat is more like a tie while the ascot’s knot is best likened to a half-finished tie knot. Tying an ascot like this is referred to as a creating a ‘day cravat’ that is normally under the shirt collars for both wedding and every-day occasions. At John Henric we prefer the ascot and have therefore chosen to only produce these, always in 100% silk and of course made in Italy. More recently, ascots have, along with silk scarves, experienced a surge in popularity, and even if the suit is its perfect match, you can also combine the ascot with a blazer or denim jacket. The ascot tie is also a good option for those who are bothered by tight collars and tie knots and want to embrace a more casual style.