Friday, May 26, 2006

More on Kimonos

My antipathy to the phrase "open the kimono" can be traced back to when I first heard it, about 10 years ago. I had recently moved to an in-house legal position and I was meeting with Lucent - recently spun out of AT&T - to try and resolve a commercial dispute that was teetering toward litigation. I don't even recall the particulars, but I vividly remember the counsel for Lucent, a humorless, pinched-face fellow in his mid-50's, saying he was "going to open the kimono." Yes, he was referring to Lucent's confidential data, but the mental image it created was most unpleasant.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I’m an open the kimono man. The reason is that a kimono is an article of clothing that is very elaborate and does not reveal much of the person inside. So opening the kimono is more suggestive of the process that you go through when you get down to understanding the detail of a deal’s anatomy.