“I believe in the magic of things that are created by hand.” – Paige Davidson, Cahoots HandbagsCahoots Handbags embody this spirit, in fact, that we’d add another word to the list: Authentic. Paige Davidson launched Cahoots Handbags in 2003, from her hometown studio in Gainesville, Texas. Seeking a fresh creative outlet, she upcycled vintage fabrics into limited-edition totes, clutches, and shoulder bags. The resulting accessories were affordable and adorable, and they hit well ahead of the current boom in the cutesy vintage-look sector. Fast forward a few years, and Davidson debuted the Cahoots boutique on Gainesville’s historic courthouse square. Located in her grandfather’s former auto parts store, it represents both commitment and legacy. As her hometown roots grew deeper, Davidson’s brand was featured in many magazines, and even made an appearance at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Read on to peek the product and the brick-and-mortar, plus learn why this authentic Texan would consider it a compliment to hear that her creations look like your grandmother’s couch. Really. Classic Bag. That trapezoidal shape gave a nod to the sleek classic shapes you'd see on the arm of Jackie O., but exaggerated in a different way.” Why is upcycling vintage fabric important to you? “My grandparents were antique dealers in their retired lives. They instilled in us an appreciation for history, and things that are old. Antique and vintage pieces have a story, and those stories are important.” painter. What do your two creative areas of focus have in common? “I believe in the magic of things that are created by hand. My sign-painter-artist dad and sewing and crafting mom instilled that early. Both the paintings and the handbags incorporate that natural draw toward combining colors and creating compositions.” Who is the Cahoots client? Describe her personality, and where she loves to carry her handbags. “The joy of our line is that our fabric and styles vary greatly, from crazy, bold 1960’s tapestries to sophisticated brocades. There is literally something for everyone. Even ladies who are normally set on a black leather designer bag will carry one of our wacky clutches inside their bag for a little bit of fun.” Gainesville, Texas, is a charming little town! Our store is located right next to the Fried Pie Company. When I have visitors in town, I take them there for breakfast, followed by a walk around our historic neighborhood. We have a great number of restored Victorian homes and shops around our courthouse square. Kinne's Jewelers, for example, has been open since the 1800’s. If you're sticking around overnight, stay at the Shady Lady Bed & Breakfast.” All images, courtesy of Paige Davidson. Cahoots Handbags are available online and at 205 South Commerce in Gainesville, Texas. For more information, visit CahootsHandbags.com.