Here’s The Story Behind The “N—as” Sweater Issa Rae Wore On Insecure And How You Can Get It
If you tuned into Insecure on Sunday with the same giddy attentiveness that we did, you probably noticed within the first few minutes of the Season 2 premiere that Issa was wearing a very cute but provocative sweater.
While on a handful of dates in the scene, Issa rocked a red crewneck sweater with the words “NIGGAS” emblazoned on the chest. It was hard to miss.
The sweater is from the brand Omondi, the brainchild of Kenyan designer, Recho Omondi. If it made you a little uneasy, you’re not alone. In an interview with W back in March, Omondi said the top, actually released for Black History Month, raised eyebrows, but for the most part, the reception to the look was a good one.
“The majority was positive,” she said. “It was a tongue-and-cheek offering we introduced for Black History Month. People liked the juxtaposition of this socially charged ‘curse word’ hand-sewn into pastel embroidery. It made some people uncomfortable—but our customer understands it.”
Now the shirt has a whole new set of followers and is in demand thanks to its appearance on Insecure, Omondi is surprised, but super grateful that the show’s stylist, Ayanna James, put our heroine in it.
“I didn’t imagine it would half [sic] a shelf life this long,” Omondi shared with Refinery29. “Melina (Matsoukas, the director) had bought several and I guess Issa saw it and with Ayanna, decided to put it in the show. It was funny to see it in the premiere because I think the team at Insecure had the same sense of humor about it as we did.”
The pullover costs $160, and before you suck your teeth, that’s actually the adjusted price. Despite the cost, many people have rushed to buy it, including those who missed out on the opportunity during Black History Month.
“We had taken it off the website after Black History Month, so there were people who’d missed out that still really wanted it,” Omondi told Refiney29. “A few people were disgruntled by the retail price, so we adjusted it a bit— but it costs what it costs. All in all everyone’s had a great sense of humor about it, which I appreciate.”
The sweater comes in a variety of colors, including pink, red, black, blue, brown and more. Check it out, along with Omondi’s other chic offerings, over at the brand’s website.