It is noon on Sunday in early January, and Haider Ackermann alternates between sipping coffee and Perrier in the library of the understated Pavillon de la Reine hotel in Place des Vosges—one of his favorite haunts in Paris, where he puts up his parents when they visit. The designer’s studio, around the corner from the hotel, is more of a creative pied-à-terre think tank than his Antwerp headquarters. “In Paris, I’m on my own with my assistant,” he says. “We talk about what I want to do and start drawing. Here is the cocoon. Then we go to Antwerp, and I translate my work to the team and make it real.” He spends half the week in France and the other half in Belgium. Read more..