Downtown Artist Creates the Coolest Chaotic Creature Shop

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By  Zoneil Maharaj

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It’s no secret that Downtown Las Vegas brims with creative energy. The neighborhood thrives off artistic expression, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that many of the familiar faces you see daily have multiple creative hustles. Case in point: Jenny Alyn.

By day, Jenny slings lattes at PublicUs. When she’s off the clock, she’s styling models and digging for vintage looks for her own resell store, Chaotic Creature.

In the works since last winter, Chaotic Creature is Jenny’s phoenix rising after previously selling secondhand fashion with an ex.

“I found myself at rock bottom, heartbroken and lost,” she says. “I felt like I not only lost that person but also that project, which was like my child. I had to pick myself up and rebuild from that chaos and I felt the healthiest way was to channel that pain and transform it into something rad, something that was familiar and also allowed me to explore my artistic talents.”

“I want to be there for the people that feel they don’t fit in, the weirdos, the outcasts, the misunderstood angsty humans.”

Jenny Alyn

Like others in the secondhand fashion scene, Jenny’s always on the hunt for treasures but she searches with a specific audience in mind.

“I want to be there for the people that feel they don’t fit in, the weirdos, the outcasts, the misunderstood angsty humans,” says Jenny, who moved to Las Vegas from Mexico at 13. “Growing up I always felt out of place and so with this project I hope I can hold a safe space for anyone and everyone who also has felt like that.”

She plans to add original items to her store, too, with t-shirts, patches, pins, and tote bags in the works, along with customized denim pieces.

Expanding on her fashion repertoire, she’s also started styling photo shoots and music videos, recently assisting on the set of a Lunero music video.

“It was my first time really putting myself out there like that,” she says. “I took that leap of faith and it’s been such a wonderful journey.”

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