Nicole Reber Is Los Angeles’s Most Colorful Real Estate Agent


Her wardrobe wasn’t always so zany. Growing up, she attended a Catholic school where she had to wear a uniform. Despite this, she looked to her Polish-born mother, also a real estate agent, as fashion inspiration. “I think having somebody in the house that was down to get dressed up and thought it was important to get dressed up was a thing,” she says. When she could explore clothing, she’d hitch rides with friends to vintage stores and delve into issues of Teen Vogue.

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Her career path was also focused on fashion and art. While attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York she took internships at Nylon and Vogue in the fashion closet, an experience that helped her with real estate. (“Nobody likes the person who asks a question before troubleshooting,” she says.) When she graduated, she worked at Gilt Group and Movie Pass at AOL. When she left that job, she backpacked in Europe, returned to New York, and started working in retail at Burberry. “Having that job, I got to collect a luxury brand because they had an employee sample sale,” she says. “I kind of got a taste for having a wardrobe that was all a luxury brand.” At the time, she also ran an art magazine, Packet, lived on a budget, and slept on an air mattress. (“I think I was the air mattress that did me in!” says Reber, joking about her eventual decision to move). When her mother had a health scare, Reber decided to move back to Los Angeles, and closed the magazine in 2016, selling its archive to the Museum of Modern Art. Her next career move was to follow in her mother’s footsteps in real estate. “I did have to kill the old me to make the new me,” she says. 

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The “new” Reber isn’t a persona; in fact, it’s Reber to the core. When she’s dressing to cut million-dollar deals, she opts to “character dress” entirely in one designer’s collection, a method of outfitting herself from her Burberry days. The first one she bought was Jacquemus’s spring 2017 collection. “I was like ‘I want to be able to dress like this.’ And I kind of ran up some credit cards and I bought that whole collection,” says Reber. “You put on that look and you feel good. And then after a certain point, it just kind of starts to work out.” Since then, Reber has gone on to dress in Maise Wilen, Richard Quinn, Chopova Lowena, Erl, and Burberry. She doesn’t wear dark colors, noting, “I haven’t bought anything black in two years.” Because the job isn’t 100 percent sleek, and more often than not, Reber is walking through dirt lots, she’ll wear cowboy boots instead of heels. Her boots of choice are custom-made cowboy boots sourced in El Paso with her initials. “I always felt that look was super confident,” she says.





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