Born in 1982 in Germany and raised between Egypt and Libya, Ibrahim Shebani pursued a career in architecture at the African University of Benghazi.

After 15 years in advertising and marketing, he decided to pursue his childhood dream of creating a fashion label inspired by Libya’s culture and heritage.

In 2018, Born in Exile was founded, driven by the observation that Libyan heritage was notably absent in the fashion industry.

With a mission to address these gaps, Born in Exile infuses Libyan heritage into contemporary fashion, offering cool everyday wear looks.

SUSTANABILITY

The Born In Exile brand places significant emphasis on sustainability, meticulously selecting deadstock materials sourced ethically. Moreover, paramount importance is given to collaborating with factories that prioritize the well-being of their employees and adhere to ethical labor practices, thereby eschewing sweatshop environments.

Introduction collection
march 2019

The ground thunders with the sound of the horses’ hooves, they thud and clunk making an ever-lasting echo. These echoes vibrate through Born In Exile’s first collection featuring an array of 17 leather , Jacquard and Velvet ready-to- wear pieces, three shoe designs and a leather belt from the accessory range.

MODERN HERITAGE
SEPTEMBER 2019

The collection drew inspiration from the traditional Libyan horse track, the fully embroidered leather saddles, the woven caparison, the metal embroidered breastplates and the ankle wraps gave us a handful of ideas when applying our inspiration on modern materials such as denim, calfskin and aniline leather

2020

Finalist at the Fashion Trust Arabia

L'IMMIGRANT 2021

The collection consists of 26 ready-to-wear pieces, from denim, Errda, silk tulle and cotton. It carries on the same embroidered denim elements from the previous collection MODERN HERITAGE, representing the changes that these elements go through in the migration process.

2021

Finalist at the Vogue Fashion Prize

A MODERN DAY AMAZON
2021

Born In Exile’s SS22 collection paid homage to Greek’s mythology that took place on the Northeastern shores of Libya in modern day Cyrene. This new collection captures elements of the Amazon’s myth through the arrow cuts on the garments , and this transition is reflected in the use of mixed fabrics and prints

BLOOD, SWEAT AND OIL COLLECTION
MARCH 2022

This collection presented during DUBAI FASHION WEEK in 2022 captures the hopes, fears and uncertainties of Libya’s oil boom. The decades following the discovery of oil radically changed the economic and social landscape of the country, and this transition is reflected in the use of mixed fabrics and prints in the clothing.

NEVER LOVE ME AGAIN
OCTOBER 2022

Inspired by Gaddafi's propaganda machine, this collection reintroduces tacky elements reminiscent of this era with a modern twist substituting original material with chic leather and trendy nylon whilst using techniques such as slashing and cutting to create edgy, wearable pieces.

JAN 2024

SEMI FINALISTS OF FDMMM