Brand History

1864 - 1999

J Hepworth & Son, Gentleman’s Tailors is established in Leeds, England.nHepworth buys the chain of Kendalls rainwear shops to develop a womenswear group of stores called NEXT. The first NEXT womenswear store opens on 12th February. There are 70 NEXT stores around the UK by the end of July. NEXT for Men launches in August. By December there are 52 menswear stores. The first mini department store in Edinburgh opens incorporating womenswear, menswear, shoes and a café. Debut of NEXT’s first home interiors range. First department store with womenswear, menswear and interiors opens in Regent Street, London. Parent company, J Hepworth & Son changes its name to NEXT plc. The group acquires Grattan plc (mail order company). Launch of NEXT childrenswear. Launch of NEXT Directory – the brand’s innovative new concept in home shopping. David Jones appointed Chief Executive of NEXT plc. Sale of Grattan to Otto Versand. NEXT announces its brand strategy of “One Brand; Two Ways of Shopping”, bringing together the common ranges across both retail and home shopping formats. NEXT’s 300th store opens. The brand is now trading in 16 countries worldwide. Launch of shopping on the internet from NEXT directory at This extends NEXT’s business strategy to “One Brand; Three ways of shopping”.

2000 - 2010

Next day delivery introduced as standard for orders placed before 5pm, with the NEXT Directory. Launch of NEXT Flowers. Simon Wolfson appointed Chief Executive. NEXT opens new larger format stores in Nottingham, Birmingham, Dudley and Newcastle Gateshead together with a large Home store at Glasgow Braehead. NEXT Home launches its Wedding List Service. John Barton appointed Chairman. NEXT celebrates its 25 year jubilee. Launch of NEXT’s luxury Signature collection. NEXT acquires younger women’s fashion brand, Lipsy. NEXT extends its home shopping facility to the USA and over 30 other countries worldwide through NEXT named British High Street Retailer of the Year. NEXT confirmed as Official Clothing and Homeware Supplier to the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

2000 - 2010

Ventura, the Group’s customer service management business, is sold for £65m cash. NEXT opens its first combined fashion, home & garden store at Shoreham-by-Sea. NEXT celebrates its 30 year jubilee. Jane Shields and Michael Law appointed to the board. NEXT now trades online in more than 70 countries worldwide. Saw the opening of 2 large home and fashion stores which were built from the ground up in Hedgend and Maidstone. Amanda James appointed to the Board. Next directory introduces order by midnight for delivery next day. NEXT opened its 546th store, Michael Roney appointed as Chairman. Richard Papp appointed to the board, Next Directory rebranded as Online. Finance business reported separately for the first time. Acquired Fabled by Marie Claire. First Total Platform client, Childsplay Clothing, launched. TP aims to leverage NEXT’s Online infrastructure and provide partners with a comprehensive solution to trading online. Set up a joint venture to sell Victoria’s Secret and Pink products under licence in the UK and Eire. Acquired 25% of Reiss. From early 2022 Reiss’s websites and Online operations, both in the UK and overseas, will be contracted to NEXT through TP.

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