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.
“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!”
“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.”
“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.