Next Plc owns and operates retail stores. It offers fashionable accessories for men, women and children along with home wares. It operates through following segments: NEXT Retail, NEXT Directory, NEXT International Retail, NEXT Sourcing and Lipsy. The NEXT Retail segment engages in the retailing of fashion and home products. The NEXT Directory segment involves in home shopping, including international online. The NEXT International Retail segment comprises franchised stores around the world. The NEXT Sourcing segment designs, sources and buys NEXT branded products. The Lipsy segment designs and sells its own branded younger women's fashion products. The company was founded by Hepworth Joseph in 1864 and is headquartered in Leicester, the United Kingdom.