ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Williams-Sonoma: It All Started With Imported Cookware

Updated on October 7, 2013

Charles E Williams, Founder

In 1953 Charles E Williams took his first trip to France and fell in love with French kitchenware.  This inspired Williams and he knew that there was nothing like this back in the states.  In 1956 Williams-Sonoma was founded and revolutionized American cookware.  They would soon gain the reputation as the purveyor of choice kitchenware, and gourmet products.  The first Williams-Sonoma shop to open offered imported French cookware to the American public.  Today they play host to 250 stores nationwide, catalog sales and host a very successful e-commerce site.  Williams-Sonoma Home would complete that package in 2005 and can now boast that they have everything you need for your home.  Stylish, classic and high quality furniture that would get anyone enthused about home decorating.

Williams-Sonoma Store
Williams-Sonoma Store

Williams-Sonoma, Inc

Williams-Sonoma did not stop there, in September 1986; they acquired Pottery Barn, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary.  Pottery Barn also has some great stuff for the home ranging from furniture bedding to accessories.  Pottery Barn expanded to Pottery Barn Kids which has bedding and other items geared towards younger kids, and PBteen is geared towards the teenager.  West Elm was added to the Williams-Sonoma family with their furniture being more contemporary and modern in style. 

Williams-Sonoma website has a lot of great information and shopping.  There is gift registry, wine club, and one fun thing that they do is the Cook’s Network.  The Cook’s Network is an affiliate program that you can earn you commission buy displaying products on your blog or other site.  If you are already an affiliate through Google you can sign up through that and one needs that to become part of the Cook’s Network.  If you blog or write about cooking, recipes, and cookware this could be ideal to earn some passive income. 

In October 20, 2001, marked the opening of the company's first international store in Toronto Canada and more followed.  In 2005, Williams-Sonoma entered into an agreement with the CBS News weekday program “The Early Show” featuring a segment called the Five Minute Cooking School.  This was popular among the morning viewers of “The Early Show”. 

Charles E Williams started a dynasty that set the trend for high end, classic cookware that would last forever.  This expanded to furniture, then the acquirement of the Pottery Barn and West Elm.  With any of these companies you know you are going to get the best that money can buy. 

Williams-Sonoma Information

Williams-Sonoma has a fabulous website and here are some links to get you started.

Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma Wine Club

Williams-Sonoma Home (furniture)

Pottery Barn Furnishings
Pottery Barn Furnishings

Pottery Barn Information

West Elm Furnishings
West Elm Furnishings | Source

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)