Meet the Woman Behind One of Australia’s Most Successful Wedding Labels
In honour of our co-founders Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s latest book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($19), we’re running an interview series featuring 17 questions (to parallel the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of inspirational female leaders who are at the top of their fields. So far, we’ve tapped Lisa Gersh, Pip Edwards, Kelly Wearstler, and more. Up next? Megan Ziems.
Since founding the coveted bridal label Grace Loves Lace back in 2010, Megan Ziems has redefined the bridal industry. The wedding dress designer’s effortless and handcrafted approach has taken brides by storm all around the world. After becoming completely uninspired in the search for her own wedding dress, Ziems founded Grace Loves Lace to create creative, unique and non-traditional gowns that cater for the modern bride—and now with a team of 40, a showroom in Burleigh Heads on Queenland’s south coast and a flagship store in L.A.’s Venice beach, her vision has been the catalyst for well-earned success.
Keep scrolling to read Ziems' inspiring career and life advice.
“An ideas person who owns a company that designs and sells wedding gowns online to the chicest brides in the world.”
“I am stuck behind a computer most of the time.”
“My school uniform!”
“Richard Branson, Penelope Cruz, Joanna Lumley, and Jennifer Saunders—depends on if I was in work mode, wine mode or laughing hysterically mode.”
“Instagram—it's so quick and easy.”
“Not celebrating the small and big wins or milestones. I wish I had taken the time out regardless of the work load to enjoy what GLL has achieved. It's a bad habit I am still in so need to make a change!”
“Work ethic, communication skills, spelling and grammar, intelligence, and how long they have worked in previous roles.”
“Boots, blazer, dress, my usual untamed hair, and big earrings. Comfort is key for me.”
“I have been told so many times that I am tough as nails, but super soft on the inside, so probably that.”
“It doesn't happen, but flicking through Vogue would do the trick.”
“Hand in your notice or talk to your HR department or manager before you switch off. I personally would always support a team member who has decided to move on if they have been professional and committed until their last day. Reputation counts for a lot and everyone knows everyone, you never know when you need a great referral or want your old job back!”
“Tuna, brown rice and vegetables with a green tea or green smoothie.”
“Thinking they are not entry-level—a degree doesn't mean you're above anyone else—experience, consistency, and commitment is everything. It takes time to truly know what you're doing.”
“Mainly my favourite artists, models, and photographers that I want to work with and family and friends. My family live in Europe so it's so nice to be able to flick through and see what they are doing instantly. My brother recently won a big Go-Pro photography award and I adore following him and all the amazing things he is doing.”
“Every single morning, seven days a week, I wake up at 6am. I check emails, drink lemon in warm water, and exercise. Evenings are spent getting my three-year-old old son fed, bathed, ready for bed, dinner, and emails.”
“I got sick a while ago due to stress and juggling too many things at once and my uncle in Europe emailed me and said, "It's a marathon, not a sprint. Enjoy your career—you're only 30!" It really stayed with me. My mum always used to tell me when I was younger to not sweat the small stuff—know what’s important and what’s not.
“I am really excited to kick off a new financial year with a base in the States—the plans we have there and in the UK and Asia are huge and so exciting. I also have another venture in the initial planning stages with friends that is going to be pretty epic, I can't wait to share that.