Alan Gilbert

Alan Gilbert, 47, is an American conductor and violinist who has been music director of the New York Philharmonic since 2009. Earlier this year, under his direction, the orchestra completed a winter tour that took in Taipei, Tokyo and Seoul.


Jacket by Richard James

This is bespoke. One of my go-to looks is jeans and a blazer. While I do have bespoke jackets that are more constructed, I also love an unstructured tailored jacket. I’m pretty conservative when it comes to colour – and accessorise with colourful pocket squares. My conductor’s uniform, also by James, is modelled after a horseracing jockey jacket. I have tails and a black suit from Charvet.

Shirt by Charvet

Again, bespoke: once I had shirts made, my standards went up. The way I dress doesn’t scream fashion, but you get used to certain details. I spend a lot of time in France and visit Charvet when in town. For my shirts, I enjoy a softer, Neapolitan shoulder. I have my initials monogrammed beneath my left rib cage but on my concert shirts, they’re out of the way on the left elbow.

Jeans by J Brand

I’ll wear jeans to rehearsals and when I don’t need to be too formal. I always buy darker washes with a tapered leg and slimmer fit. Because I’m used to that “neat” look, I like my jeans to look tailored as well.

Tie by Kiton

This is a simple woven, unstructured fold-over tie. When I’m conducting, I wear a white bow tie.

Watch by Breguet

This is a Classique 5157 in yellow gold with a sapphire case back. It was a gift from Breguet, a sponsor of the Philharmonic, after my first concert as music director.

Glasses by Theo

These came from my favourite eyeglass store in the world, Lunettes du Jura, in Omotesando, Tokyo. I picked them up when we were on tour in Asia.


These were designed by my cellist wife Kajsa [William-Olsson]. Her second cousin, jewellery designer, Niklas Ejve, made them out of steel.


Also very personal: Kajsa and I were on our way to dinner in Hamburg and we passed a crafts store where you could buy jewellery or have jewellery made; we had time to kill so we stopped in and made matching leather bracelets. It was like a first date, although it was only a month ago.

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