Croatia - © Matt Field/Time Out
Croata links back to the legend of the necktie - while fighting alongside their Croat allies in the 17th century, the French were struck by the Croatian soldiers' scarves. The look became fashionable and the French named the accessory the cravat (from 'Croat'). Croata plays this story hard and has blossomed into Croatia's tie-selling leader with shops all over the country. This location is one of two in Split. Besides silk ties - ranging in price from 249kn to 2,000kn, there are limited-edition models and some have Croatian patterns like Glagolithic letters - shelves are stocked with wallets, belts, tie clasps, briefcases, fountain pens, tuxedos, and women's accessories such as scarves and gloves.