Alternate Empire was born out of a fine arts project of creating one inch paintings of small animals that evolved into wearable original drawings and paintings. With design influences from the 18th through the early 20th centuries, the miniature artworks delve into wildlife and anatomical themes that are set within a various accoutrements, such as pendants, earrings, brooches, lapel pins and more.

No work is ever printed and each is completely one of a kind. All items are made by Jenn Cortés in her secret workshop in Queens, New York.