Next is a British multinational clothing, footwear, and home products retailer, which has a headquarters in England. It has around 700 stores, of which 500 are in the United Kingdom and 200 in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
The United Kingdom's largest clothing retailer by sales is Next, which has overtaken Marks & Spencer in the last two years. It's listed on the London Stock Exchange and is included in the FTSE 100 Index.
The company was founded in Leeds in 1864 by Joseph Hepworth as a tailor under the name of Joseph Hepworth & Son. Initially, Hepworth was in partnership with James Rhodes, but the partnership were ended in 1872.
A pioneer of the development of chain stores in Britain, Hepworth expanded the company rapidly on his own. By 1884 there were 100 outlets for the company.
In the 1960s, Hepworth was predominantly in the ready-to-wear suit market. In 1963, it brought in the celebrated Savile Row designer Hardy Amies to revitalise its ready-to-wear suit collection.