Pottery Barn

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The Pottery Barn store in Beverly Hills, California

Pottery Barn is an American-based home furnishing store chain with retail stores in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia. Since September 1986, when it was purchased from GAP, Inc, Pottery Barn is a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

The Pottery Barn was co-founded in 1950 by Paul Secon, with his brother, Morris. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Pottery Barn also operates several specialty stores under the titles Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen. Pottery Barn has two retail catalogues, the traditional Pottery Barn catalogue and Pottery Barn Bed + Bath to focus only on its bed and bath lines.

Pottery Barn Kids[edit]

Pottery Barn Kids focuses on upscale children's furniture as well as bedding, towels, and baby clothing. The first Pottery Barn Kids store was opened in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California.


PBteen is the first home retailer to focus on teenagers in the 13-19 age range. It was launched in 2003. The first PB Teen store opened in Georgia in 2009, as well as in New York City and Chicago. The store now has a sub brand PB Dorm aimed at young people starting college life.[citation needed]

Appearances in popular culture[edit]

After the character Rachel Green bought furniture from Pottery Barn in the Friends episode "The One with the Apothecary Table", many viewers also sought the store's products.[1] The episode has been criticized due to the amount of product placement for Pottery Barn. The company is also mentioned in the episode "The One Where Rachel Tells" and "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS".

In the episode "To Market, to Market" of Sex and the City (season 6, 2003), Samantha is outraged to find out a Pottery Barn store is about to open at The Meatpacking District.

Pottery Barn was also mentioned in an episode of "Boy Meets World" named "What I meant to say".

In the Seinfeld episode The Junk Mail, Kramer is upset at the number of Pottery Barn catalogs he has been receiving, and a subplot of this episode is dedicated to his revenge against the company.

Also, it was mentioned in The Big Bang Theory episode, the Euclid Alternative (second season), where Sheldon asks his friends to drive him to and from work, constantly nagging them to stop at Pottery Barn so he can return his Star Wars sheets as he finds them "too stimulating."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Viveiros, Beth Negus ((2004-05-04)). "Live From the Catalog Conference: The Williams-Sonoma Brands Have “Friends”". Direct Mag.com. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 

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