BORN IN EXILE
Inspired by Libya’s rich and unexplored cultures, traditions and folklore, BORN IN EXILE is a ready-to-wear label created in 2018. The name represents the designer and founder of the brand, Ibrahim Shebani who as the brand name suggests was himself born in exile.
The ready-to-wear label speaks to women with a strong sense of style and unparalleled aura.
The story behind the brand’s creations is to embed the rich culture and complex political history of the desginer's motherland, Libya; in modern interpretations of traditional silhouettes and exceptional craftsmanship.
The brand’s first collection “Introduction” launched for FW19
In 2020, BORN IN EXILE was among the 5 finalists in the ready-to-wear category at Fashion Trust Arabia and in the same year in December we were finalists at Vogue Arabia Fashion Prize.
Designer, Ibrahim Shebani, A Libyan by heart and blood, was born in Germany and grew up between Egypt and Libya. Since his family’s exile in the 1970s, Shebani adopted the born in exile identity to represent his story but also to represent the brand’s story that he established upon leaving Libya in 2014 when the civil war broke out.
After the Libyan uprising in 2011, Shebani was inspired to inaugurate Born inExile, essentially to show the world the undiscovered beauty of Libya; his eternal muse.
He sees the future in the innovation and creativity of fashion and he rides on the back of his heritage to present a modern twist on the cultural traditions of Libya and turn them into trendy, wearable everyday collectible pieces.