04 Oct Feature: Tatiana Londono, MTL Real Estate Maven
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Tatiana Londono is one of Montreal’s most successful real estate mavens. A few weeks ago, as we road in her car to her next appointment, Tatiana Londono and I got the chance to chat about all things fashion and career. Keep reading to find out how she got her start in real estate and how she dresses elegantly for success.
AZ: Tell me a bit about yourself and how you got started as a realtor in Montreal?
TL: I got my start in real estate through my dad. I had just had my second child and we had shut down the telemarketing business we were running prior.
They had changed the laws and it became very strict and we didn’t want to get in trouble. Basically we were unemployed, my husband and I, and I spoke to my dad and he said I should do my real estate course.
I told him we didn’t need another realtor in the family. He said ” Tatiana, you can sell on the phone, you can sell anything”. So I decided to take the course in 2003 when I was on maternity leave and the rest is history.
AZ: What would you wear to boost your confidence for a meeting with a big client?
TL: Whenever I’m meeting with a big client, I dress professionally. What I mean by that is I’m completely covered. I try to wear pants. If it’s a skirt, I just make sure it’s below my knee and that it’s prim and proper. I try to suit up for a really important meeting.
AZ: Where do you like to at shop the most?
TL: The truth is I love to shop at Zara. What I try to do is buy online as soon as the new collection comes out, then I’ll keep the clothes in my closet for a couple of months.
The thing about Zara is they have so much, that if you keep something in your closet for a few months and then you wear it, everybody wants to know where I got it from.
They come up with so many new things in such a short amount of time that you can get away with wearing stuff nobody else has, which is difficult with other stores. Zara makes beautiful, affordable pieces and I have to say, I’ve never seen somebody wearing the same thing I’m wearing.
AZ: Are you into designer clothing?
TL: I love designer. So what I do with designer is I collect staple pieces that are forever and seasonal. I own a couple of Chanel jackets because they never go out of style.
This year, I splurged when I went to Europe and I decided to buy Dior runway. I wore the outfit once and it is so flamboyantly beautiful that it’ll stay in my closet as a stunning piece.
With my success and my age, I’m investing in more designer pieces, but I make sure they’re not trendy, that they’re classic and that I can wear them forever. They’re an investment. Shoes, they last forever too.
I make sure to take them to Carinthia, down the street. I get the bottoms and souls fixed. I always take care of my designer shoes because they last forever!
AZ: What are some of your favourite shoe brands, designer wise?
TL: My husband loves when I wear Christian Louboutin even though some people may find them cheesy at this point, but I still wear them because they’re classic. I really do love Dior. Their latest collection is gorgeous. I’ll wear Chanel as well, and I really love wearing that brand SHUTZ. It’s a great brand. They sell it online and they have their flagship store.
AZ: How do you take your outfit from day to evening time?
TL: I love to wear black. It’s classic and you can never go wrong with black. You look thin in black, you look hot in black. So if I’m taking an outfit from day to night, I just make sure to wear something black and sexy. I throw on a jacket on top for the day and then take off the jacket at night.
AZ: Were you always into fashion or was this something you picked up over time?
TL: I have to say that I don’t think I have a fashion sense whatsoever! I’ve never been into fashion. I think people who know how to dress themselves have a real artistic mind and flare going on.
What I tend to do is I look at magazines or online on Instagram and on Pinterest. I get little ideas from there. Sometimes, I’ll ask friends with great taste what I can wear an item with before I buy it. I also love using the app Mode-RELIER. I’m not a fashionista, but I’ve learned a couple tricks here and there.
AZ: At the beginning of your career, how would you dress for success on a budget?
TL: I was very lucky at the beginning of my career because I had a TV show. They dressed me. All my clothes were paid for by the TV show, so that was great. In the beginning I was a big fan of Sarah Jessica Parker and Sex and The City, so they wanted me to dress more fun and flamboyant like her.
Then I met my new husband and he preferred something more toned down and serious, and I agreed. I thought it was time to take it down a notch because I was wearing the bright colors and the huge skirts.
Now, I tend to wear more neutral colors like black. As you grow older, your style changes, as it should. With age comes more sophistication.
AZ: What are your must have staple items for the fall?
TL: This season it’s all about plaid. It’s totally in, but I’ll always have a classic white coat. I think white stands out more than black. You look sophisticated in black, you look classy. I also always like to have a nice long white coat that’s past the knee with black buttons. I pair it with a nice pair of sunglasses and that’s it.
AZ: How would you suggest someone dress for an interview?
TL: You have to dress the part. If you show up to my interview dressed like you don’t care, then I won’t care either and you’re not getting hired or working for my company. The thing about Londono Realty Group is we are the hottest agents in town, we look good, and we’re famous for looking good.
I really believe for a job interview you have to dress for success and you have to look like a million bucks. I don’t care if you own one suit. You make sure you get that suit cleaned, that you own that one suit and that you smell good.
As a Montreal realtor, Tatiana Londono knows a thing or two about how to shop, what to wear to an interview and how to succeed as a young professional in a tough industry. The key to her success and beautifully curated wardrobe stems primarily from her confidence and a little bit of help from her friends.
Hope you enjoyed the article, let me know in the comments who you would like me to interview next?
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