I navigate to my usual table at Keens. (When you go, ask about the thousands of churchwarden pipes suspended from the ceiling.)
I order two bottles of 20-year Château Lynch-Bages and take stock of my arsenal before the others arrive. Sums that add up favorably for all parties. Principles of supply and demand (in my favor). And this jacket, in a style created for country pursuits, in a classic "district check" pattern adopted by the American Gun Club in 1874.
Looks good in the field. Speaks another language at the negotiating table.
It’s all perfectly civilized.
Guncheck Blazer (No. 6756). Old gentry heritage combined with luxurious high-count cotton from Italy’s Zanieri Mill Fabric. The pattern, first known as the Coigac and developed in the Ullapool area in west Scotland, is related in spirit to gingham, but is woven with multiple colors of yarn and boasts a hand-feel like twill. Classic four-pocket jacket includes a traditional ticket pocket. Three-roll-two button style. Soft shoulder and half canvas for unstructured fit. Half lining in Bemberg. Faux horn buttons. Contrast oxford fabric at interior welts. Felt undercollar. Painstakingly developed fit for comfort and flattery. More substantial than your average cotton blazer. Imported.