The brand's mission is to make modern basics by using fabric innovations (more on that later) for a sustainable future. "We create authentically worn-in styles that focus on fabric, fit and designs with purpose that people will want to wear today and tomorrow," said Toporek via email.
"I call Alternative Apparel a slow fashion brand that moves very fast," said Huntz, Alternative's Design Director, during a recent phone conversation. Huntz was added to the seven-person team of designers and product developers last June when plans for a brand shake-up were underway.
The new Norcross location will not only house Alternative's headquarters but is also attached to a 130,000-square-foot distribution center that will handle Alternative's online orders and store merchandise.
"We ship out over 15 million units of product every a year," Toporek said. "We have a best-in-class fulfillment center that would be a challenge to duplicate within the heart of the city."
Since returning to metro Atlanta, Toporek and Alternative have also been making strides to connect with local businesses and artists to further re-establish the brand to its birthplace.
"As an Atlanta brand, we always want to support local businesses and personalities," said Toporek, a Georgia Tech graduate. "We work with many creatives and brands in the area." Some of those brands like Staplehouse and Little Barn Apothecary are already well-known to many Atlantans.
Huntz was one of those creatives whose dress line is sold online at meganhuntz.com and at Henry & June on Highland Avenue. She joined the Alternative team in June and has been busy working on new pieces in time for spring and summer shopping season.
"We line up, we have similar style values," Huntz said about Toporek. "I saw an opportunity for myself to design for Alternative Apparel and it has been a natural succession."
According to Toporek, Alternative is planning to participate in some "large-scale events and regional pop-ups" in the coming months.
"I believe that Alternative Apparel can serve as a catalyst for local businesses through partnerships, sponsorships and volunteer programs," Toporek said. "In an industry of disposables, Alternative is a brand people remain loyal to."
With its new metro Atlanta headquarters -- complete with such amenities as a showroom, a fitness studio, coffee cafe and lounge -- Alternative is demonstrating its loyalty to its staff and to its roots.