We had the good fortune of connecting with Amatullah Gulamhusein and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amatullah, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
At first it was unintentional, but the spark began in high school when designing and handcrafting created comfort and was therapeutic for the times I was struggling with myself. Fast forwarding to collage, my friends and family saw potential in the neatness and delicateness I had to offer in my designs and pushed me to start Dainty. Wanting to still display the custom handmade craft in the products is was what motivated my business but also bringing alive the idea, love and effort that goes through working with the client ordering the gift for their loved ones. Along with learning colors schemes, aesthetics, and design softwares to put the best work out there. However the roots of the business revolves around the passion and personal feelings for me and a way to communicate it for others, which all starts with words of affection written in a card.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a student at the University of Houston in my third year studying towards my Bachelors in Science of Interior Architecture and Design. Whenever someone asks how I reached the spot I am today, its because of the creative fuel I have had since childhood. Learning techniques through courses in design classes definitely played hand in hand with where my business is today. Of course, I have faced challenges being a student and also a small business owner by managing orders and meeting assignment due dates or even keeping up with my business profile on instagram. On top of that commuting roughly two hours everyday in peak Houston traffic did not make things any easier. Some lessons I learned along the way is time management is key. Starting your day early can help manage with life, school, and business all together, and not having enough time is just an excuse from reaching your full potential. From that I would like the world to know that my perfectionist and obsessively organized serves me well when it comes to the dainty delicate brand I continue to develop and want my brand and story to always be something to inspire others to share their talents.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’d start off one day at city center have a good brunch at Paris Crepes and Cafe with a good dose of caffeine, of course! Then go to Gerald D. Hines Waterwall park afterwards, hang out at John Paul Landing Park another, hit up downtown the next and go to the popular burger place there, M&M grill for lunch on Almeda road, go paddle boating and take a walk around the Japanese garden in Hermann park and finish that day off at Pinkertons and serve the best Texan meal and experience one can have. It would be the best outdoor Houston experience they could have and those are the memories that are most exciting when you eat and do activities together.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to recognize those who stayed beside me throughout all the struggles and achievements, to those who who I met recently and I felt an instant connection with. Reminding me that I’m doing a good job and pushing me to try new things with my business. Regardless of the number of years I have had them in my life, they have never stopped giving me confidence in where I have come today with my business. Its always the moral support I am seeking and my loved ones have done an incredible job of doing that unconditionally. Lucky to have so many brothers and sisters, and a niece that looks up to my artsy side, remind me on the slow and tough days that things can get better and that they are there to look out for me. Most of all to my parents who supported when I started with a seed of an idea to not hesitating to help out when I need it. Thank you for reminding me life is dainty. 

Instagram: @daintylittlesayings

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/amatullah-gulamhusein-804567146

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