Designer Dossier: Haider Ackermann

Inside the mind and mood of style's most cerebral nomad.

haider ackermann
Inside the mind and mood of style's most cerebral nomad.
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"I never buy souvenirs except scarves. A scarf is protection; you hide yourself in it, keep yourself warm."

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SCARF $1,125, Hermès; (800) 441-4488.

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"When I'm working on a collection, it's as much about the music as it is the clothes."

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"Memories are all related to scents, so I'm very faithful to my fragrance: Hermès Poivre Samarcande."

FRAGRANCE $235, Hermès Poivre Samarcande; usa.hermes.com.

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"My jewelry are all gifts, pieces of affection that I carry with me from loved ones."

BRACELET $70, Miansai; mrporter.com.

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"I still write letters. Wherever I am — if it's a hotel, a restaurant — I take the paper there and write on that."

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"Every two weeks, I cover myself in this oil — hair and all. It smells very good."

ESSENTIAL OIL $25, Aveda Men Pure-Formance Composition; aveda.com.

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"I've never tried opium but I think red wine might be like opium. It makes you dreamy."

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"I love the strength of leather. If you put it against silk, the contrast is very interesting."

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"Tilda [Swinton] is my faithful companion. She's another kind of lady. It's a beautiful friendship."

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"For me it's never really been about fashion. It's always been about a kind of mystery surrounding a woman because I grew up in Chad and Algeria where the women were hidden, veiled, or behind shut doors."

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"My glasses are a very old style called the Schubert. People don't have direct eye contact with me. There's glass between us."

GLASSES $419, Giorgio Armani; brillenschatz.com.

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"Last year I went to my birth country, Colombia. It gave me an inner peace, so I wanted the spring collection to be much more rested, serene."

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