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Pottery Barn is an upscale, American-based home furnishing store with stores in the United Statesmarker and Canadamarker. Since September 1986 it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

The company, headquartered in San Franciscomarker, Californiamarker, currently operates 200 retail stores in the United States and Canada under its main brand, as well as an Internet sales site at www.potterybarn.com. Pottery Barn also operates several brand-concept specialty retailers under the Pottery Barn Bed + Bath, Pottery Barn Kids, and PBteen.

The Pottery Barn was co-founded in 1950 by Paul Secon, with his brother, Morris.

Pottery Barn Kids

Pottery Barn Kids focuses on high-end children's furniture as well as bedding, towels, young children's toys, and baby clothing. Pottery Barn Kids has an Oeko-tex certified range of bedding. This certification testifies to the human ecological safety of a certified product, all certified products are tested for the presence of over 100 different chemicals and stringent limit levels are applied to them.

PBteen

PBteen is the first home retailer to focus exclusively on the teenage market. Their signature print is "dottie" which consists of a color (pink, green, orange, etc.) covered in white dots. Most of PBTeen's customers are a "younger" set of teens, typically in the 12-14 age range. The first PB Teen store opened in Georgia in 2009.

Pottery Barn Bed + Bath

Pottery Barn Bed + Bath targets women with a catalog-only concept, selling linens and bathroom accessories.

Appearances in popular culture

After Jennifer Aniston's character Rachel Green in the American television sitcom Friends bought furniture from Pottery Barn in the episode The One with the Apothecary Table (first broadcast on January 6, 2000), many viewers also sought the store's products. The episode is often derided as an infomercial for Pottery Barn, as it centers around their furniture (see also product placement). Rachel Green also mentions it in the episode The One Where Rachel Tells.

In The Simpsons episode "Lisa the Sceptic" when the angel is found to be an advertising gimmick for the new shopping mall, the entire neighborhood visits the mall anyway. When Chief Wiggum sees it, the first thing he says is "Hey, it's even got a Pottery Barn"

The Seinfeld episode "The Junk Mail" has Kramer receiving multiple Pottery Barn catalogues, and he takes revenge by throwing them back into the store.

In The Big Bang Theory episode "The Euclid Alternative" (02x05), Sheldon Cooper bought some Star Wars sheets with "staring Darth Vader" ... in Pottery Barn.

In the "Pilot" episode of Glee it is revealed that Will's wife Terri (who works at "Sheets N Things") is a member of the Pottery Barn and bought mahogany toilet brushes. Will tells Terri that they can't waste their money on things they don't need and the two get into an argument. Terri says that she may get a promotion around Christmas and they will be able to afford the items and then tells Will that she does not want him to lead the glee club

In Family Guy, Peter complains about how he wishes his boss would treat him with respect like they do the fancy furniture in Pottery Barn.

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