Meet The Bow Tie Duck by Julien Marie; a digital retail space that was born pre-COVID, well ahead of the pandemic induced trend. It boasts a highly curated range of products from around the globe. As a specialty, artisanal purveyor, Julien ensures that each item is something he can personally vouch for.
“The Bow Tie Duck emerged as an idea in 2013, a couple years after I had arrived in the country,” he says. “As a consumer, I could not find the products that I missed from home so I launched the first iteration of the Bow Tie Duck in 2014. While the concept garnered some traction at the time, I didn’t have the right partner to grow the business,” Julien elaborated.
Thankfully, not only did he find commercial success in the Philippines, but he also found love. His now-fiancee Raizza Encinas is his partner in crime and better half. The duo re-launched the online marketplace in 2019 as a side project as they focused on other work simultaneously, but The Bow Tie Duck soon demanded more attention as it grew in popularity. “Raizza and I are a perfect match professionally. I often try to go too big too fast. She is the one who turns my ideas into reality with our team,” he admits.
For someone with Julien’s background, "teching" up and going the digital route was natural and par for the course. In fact, Julien began his career with .com giants like Friendster and Yahoo!, then moved onto consultancy and e-commerce, further sharpening his skills.
Fast forward a few more years and you find Julien combining his life’s two passions: technology and food, finally carving out his niche in the world. “Food has always been one of my passions. One of my weird hobbies as a kid was to learn by heart the Michelin guide during long family road trips. I have been really lucky to experience many great restaurants during my youth, that I spent first in Nice and then at the border of Burgundy and Champagne, two regions with amazing food and wine traditions,” he shares.
Today, The Bow Tie Duck has around 1000 products, and adds around 20 new items each week, from fresh oysters, wild fish, and cinco jotas jamon to jams, fresh fruit and baked goods.
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