About Us

Williams-Sonoma's culinary legacy began in 1956, when Chuck Williams founded his original cookware shop in the California wine country town of Sonoma. The store offered a collection of classic French kitchen equipment that many Americans had never seen before. And it immediately became a favorite of home cooks and professional chefs alike. Since then, our brand has expanded to include hundreds of exclusive products from around the world, more than 250 stores nationwide, millions of direct-mail catalogs, an award-winning e-commerce site – and one of the world's best-selling cookbook libraries. One essential factor remains unchanged: Williams-Sonoma's enduring commitment to the finest quality and outstanding custom
er service.

Chuck Williams

Our founder Chuck Williams, who celebrated his 100th birthday on October 2nd, 2015, has long been inspired by a passion for bringing people together around cooking and enjoying good food. His reputation as a culinary pioneer is preceded by a diversity of pursuits — from learning to cook as child in his grandmother's 1920s kitchen and picking fruit in Depression-era orchards to being a WWII airplane mechanic and 1950s building contractor. In 1956, after a life-changing trip to Paris, Chuck transformed a small hardware shop in Sonoma, California, into the first Williams-Sonoma store, creating what would become one of the world's most innovative purveyors of top-quality essentials for cooking, dining and entertaining.

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Williams-Sonoma Home

Expanding on the exceptional quality and craftsmanship that are hallmarks of the Williams-Sonoma brand, Williams-Sonoma Home offers an exclusive assortment of casually elegant furniture, lighting and decorative accessories – all designed to stand the test of time. Our team of expert designers focuses on exquisite materials and design details, combining textures, colors and construction to create products that are as comfortable and functional as they are beautiful and sophisticated. From kitchen islands and dining tables to living room sofas and chairs custom-upholstered in the United States, Williams-Sonoma Home brings classic design and timeless luxury to the comforts of home.

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Our Stores

Williams-Sonoma retail stores offer premium products you won't find anywhere else, along with world-class customer service (including free gift-wrapping). When you visit us, you'll experience the pleasures of cooking firsthand. Complimentary cooking classes highlight seasonal menus and help you master new kitchen techniques. Meet your favorite culinary authors at our book signings. Specialty food tastings introduce you to artisanal flavors from around the world. Demonstrations of the latest kitchen equipment give you hands-on experience, making it easy to discover products that best suit the way you cook and entertain.

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Our Partners No Kid Hungry >St. Jude >

We've partnered with No Kid Hungry® in a nationwide effort to get nutritious food to children in need – and teach families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. We hope you’ll join us in this effort. Together, we can feed America's kids. Learn more at nokidhungry.org.

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We're proud to celebrate a long partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Bringing hope and inspiration to people around the world, St. Jude treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases – regardless of the family's ability to pay. Learn more at stjude.org.

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