SIGnature Is Going On Hiatus

hiatus1ALTHOUGH SIGnature has taken a few unannounced breaks along the way, this time it seemed prudent to say a formal au revoir, if not a full-on goodbye.

There are literally thousands of famous quotations about time’s remorseless passage, but near the top of my list is “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.” Bil Keane, the American cartoonist who created “The Family Circus,” said that. I heard it as a child, and it stuck with me.

The increments of time that make up a life are all about a balanced allocation. That’s what people who manage to achieve such a balance say, anyway; in the past, balance has typically eluded me. There is, of course, never enough time, nor do I truely think there ever will be.

But these days I’m stretched thinner than usual: With two personal blogs, SIGnature and Sig’s ZZP Blog (for my children’s-media brand, Zach, Zoey and Pilot); two digital platforms to edit, Mechanics of Style and New Face of Tradition; three books looming on the horizon; the rest of my assignments; and, of course, a family that often doesn’t recognize me, the fact is something does have to give — and SIGnature is it.

In many ways Mechanics of Style replaced the original mission of SIGnature. That’s the moment when SIGnature became more personal, I suppose. But there are elements of each that cross-pollinate the other, and if you want to know more about men’s luxury, MoS is an exceptional resource, if I do say so myself.

Over the time I’ve been blogging, I’ve also become quite the tweeter, the Twitterer — whatever, I’m on Twitter, so if you find yourself missing my more personal musings, follow me there @SigNYC.

I haven’t a clue how long SIGnature will be on break. No doubt I’ll post items sporadically when inspiration strikes: an event picture in which I don’t look especially chubby, say, or the announcement of a new book or other auspicious project.

Lastly, though, and most importantly, I want to say thank you. Tens of thousands of you have read SIGnature regularly over the past three and a half years, and I greatly appreciate that. Writing for media outlets such as Time Inc., Playboy and Autoweek, knowing that millions of readers will peruse my pieces, is a much more detached experience — a job like any other, in fact. SIGnature was a fleeting glimpse into my life and my interests, and I humbly thank you for sharing it with me.




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From the Pages of: AUTOWEEK – ‘Gars & Cars 2014


ONE OF THE early iterations of Autoweek’s annual automotive/cigar fête, “ ’Gars and Cars,” put it well: “You can burn rubber, burn a fine hand-rolled cigar or both — this is about the latter.”

For six years, Autoweek, with the help from yours-truly, has featured the finest all-new hand-rolled premium cigars in a guide that espouses the time-honored summertime tradition of dropping a convertible top, pulling out a premium cigar and puffing as you go down the road. Above is this year’s entry.

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The Sig Survey No. 23: Bradley Price



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9th China Luxury Summit

China Luxury Summit

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The China Luxury Summit will be in Shanghai from
June 19 to 20.

Jing Daily is excited to announce its partnership with the 9th China Luxury Summit taking place in Shanghai on June 19-20, 2014. The annual conference is organized by the China Luxury Industry Association (CLIA) with support from Walpole, Altagamma, and Essec. With a focus on helping brands identify and capitalize on growth opportunities, it aims to serve as a networking platform and information hub for regional and global industry stakeholders to get up-to-date with the latest China luxury developments.

  • Understanding The Necessary Regulatory Roadmap For Developing The Luxury Industry In China
  • How Homegrown Chinese Luxury Brands Can Compete On A Global Level
  • Establish Longterm Success Through Innovative Revenue Routes
  • Winning Digital Strategies (case studies and hands-on practice)
  • Go East–Commercial Opportunity And Winning Formula

For additional information please visit the event website

[This originally appeared in and was reposted from Jing Daily
Read the original article here.] 

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The Sig Survey No. 22: Tom Davies

TD: Tom Davies


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Sig’s Scene 16: Timecrafters 2014


THE NEW YORK TIMES’ Timecrafters show, a celebration of haute horlogerie, is New York’s premier annual luxury-watch exhibition, where such fine timepiece manufactures such as A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Chopard, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Parmigiani, Richard Mille and Zenith showcase their latest masterpieces and rarest novelties. This year also featured an exhibit of outstanding pre-owned timepieces from Christie’s retail-watch department and a new e-commerce platform, The Watch Shop.

The opening cocktail party (where I enjoyed a Champagne with Mr. Bill McCuddy, photo above), at the Park Avenue Armory, was followed by a dinner hosted by Reginald Brack (of Christie’s) and Jean-Luc Faure (of Jaeger-LeCoultre) at JoJo’s, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first NYC restaurant.

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Sig’s Scene 15: Esquire KY Derby Bash 2014


MY LIVER AND I both wish I hadn’t attended any events between last year’s and this year’s Esquire Kentucky Derby party (Sig’s Scene 14), but Twitter (in the name of instant gratification) typically usurps SIGnature when it comes to the theme of Sig’s Scene. Continue reading

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