1884 – Messrs. J. Hepworth & Son, Clothing Factory, Leeds, Yorkshire
In 1864 Joseph Hepworth went into business as a tailor in Leeds. By 1881 the factory in Wellington Street employed 500 people and made complete men’s three-piece suits. In the 1880s they established shops to sell their suits direct to the public. The company existed until the 1980s when it renamed itself and its stores Next.