Watch model Anaa Saber navigate the joys of being a ‘Hometown Tourist’
Dazed & footwear label Sorel team up for a short film that celebrates rediscovery and its AW22 collection
The post-pandemic tale of readjusting to the real world and its barrage of public transport, awkward bumping-intos and actual weather, not just on-screen rain, is one you know well. But what about the positives that come with getting reacquainted with our towns and cities?
They do exist, I swear. And to help spread such positive thoughts and new perspectives, Dazed and Sorel tapped model and influencer Anaa Saber and director Bella Newman for Hometown Tourist – a NYC-trotting short film that asks us to slow down, reconnect and re-appreciate the places we live.
Kitted out in Sorel’s AW22 footwear, a range of high, mid, and low trainers and casual boots blending utlity and style, Anaa gave us a three-step guide to being a Hometown Tourist as we joined her on the streets of her native New York.
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FIND A PLACE TO PAUSE
As a model, influencer, creative consultant, and writer, Anaa’s schedule can be chaotic, to say the least, so finding time and place for a switch up in perspective and pace is essential.
Before we even took a step on the streets of her Little Italy neighbourhood, Anaa noted that rediscovery can start at home – or anywhere you can find a place to unwind and observe.
“My fire escape represents sanctuary to me,” she said. “It’s a place where I can chill out, let the chaos of New York pass by and just people watch. It’s just me and my city. Sitting there makes me appreciate the world I live in.”
TAKE A TIP IN YOUR OWN CITY
No matter how long you’ve lived where you do – take Anaa’s lifetime in New York, for instance – city fatigue can creep up on all of us.
Calling on a recommendation from a friend or family member is a good route to refresh, and can lead you on unexpected adventures, even in a place you know, or think you know, so well.
“When I’m in need of inspiration, I always turn to my brother and ask him for advice or a tip on where to go. Even though I’ve lived in New York my whole life it always feels good to get a fresh perspective. Taking a tip can inspire you, but also allow you to get lost some place new. I mean when you live downtown you barely go above 14th street.”
RECONNECT WITH A HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Being a tourist, perhaps even a hometown one, can come with a hearty dose of homesickness. For Anaa, it’s Pakistan – where the heritage of her and her family lies – that brings about feelings of disconnection. When homesickness strikes, she finds a spot that helps her reconnect.
“Haandi is one of my favourite Pakistani restaurants in New York. I always come here when I feel homesick, when I need a slice of Pakistan,” Anaa explains. “I come to Haandi when I need to feel a part of my people, a part of my culture. The first bite transports you to Lahore – my second favourite city, after New York of course.”
Ready for rediscovery, Sorel’s AW22 collection is available here.