Next Plc owns and operates retail stores. It offers fashionable accessories for men, women and children along with home wares. Next Plc distributes through three channels: Next Retail, Next Directory and Next International. The company's other businesses include Next Sourcing, which designs, sources and buys Next branded products. Lipsy, which designs and sells its own branded younger women's fashion products through wholesale, retail and website channels; and Ventura, which provides customer services management. The company was founded in 1864 and is headquartered in Leicester, the United Kingdom.