Summer merchandise may vary by location. Shop in-store for best selection. The original Pottery Barn opened in 1949, among the docks and warehouses of West Chelsea in lower Manhattan. Our founder, Paul Secon, took a sacred approach to well-designed merchandise. He specialized in tabletop seconds and closeouts, offering customers great value on fashionable, exclusive homewares. Over the years, our brand started to offer a variety of kitchen and decorative household items. It expanded to the West Coast and was purchased by The Gap Stores, Inc. in 1983 — and then Williams Sonoma, Inc. three years later. The world-famous Pottery Barn catalog, now mailed to millions of customers each year, launched in 1987. Our brand has continued to evolve, including the addition of our Design Studio and an increased emphasis on craftsmanship and high-quality materials. Today, we focus heavily on four areas: innovating our designs, giving back to our planet and global communities, offering top-notch service to our customers and creating enduring products. From our design floor in San Francisco to our stores around the world, our end-goal remains the same: To help our customers live a more functional, beautiful and comfortable life at home.