Touch of Craft has succeeded in promoting Philippine-made products around the world since it began operations in 1986. What was once Campos’ passion and hobby evolved to an enduring, loving community of Filipino artisans. Having patrons across the globe, Touch of Craft’s products have reached the USA, Europe, and Australia, not to mention making it to stores such as El Corte Ingles, Pier One, Hallmark and Bloomingdales. Founded by the design philosophy of “art handmade”, each piece in every Touch of Craft collection is uniquely handsewn and purposefully created to beautify our living spaces. From Christmas wreaths to a functional piece like doorstops, the company advocates superior quality, uniqueness, and expressiveness. Founder Emily Campos has left an indellible mark in the handcrafting industry. Before her untimely passing, she shared to Tatler that more than craftsmanship, what’s important for her is that their community of artisans is continuously inspired and fulfilled
Were you ever this passionate about artisanal handmade products and craftsmanship even before Touch of Craft started?
Absolutely. I like making beautiful things from simple and complex materials, giving them a purpose beyond what was originally intended, and letting people experience the value of something unique. For example, I have this line of handbags, [which are] colourful cloth totes made from pre-loved neckties.
Tell us more about your admirable work with the artisans you have been supporting for over 30 years.
I have been working closely with the artisans of Touch of Craft at every step of our creative process. I do not see them as my “workers” as most people may initially assume; our bond is familial and we do venture into new ideas and projects together as a family would. I believe that creating any piece of art comes from sharing what inspires you, which in turn inspires everyone else. Before you know it, you are all together discussing how to bring this idea to life as a team.