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October 28, 2013 | By Anh Do
Pottery Barn apologized for selling a Halloween costume of a sushi chef and a kimono that an Asian American civil rights group had complained were culturally offensive. The retailer confirmed late Monday that the items had been removed from its website. "We did not intend to offend anyone with our Halloween costumes and we apologize," said Leigh Oshirak, vice president of public relations and marketing for Williams-Sonoma, parent company of Pottery Barn. "Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
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February 13, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Pottery Barn is opening its only outlet store west of Texas in the Outlets at Tejon, a 320,000-square-foot center north of the Grapevine set to begin operating in August . The 12,397-square-foot unit will be Pottery Barn's ninth outlet store in the United States. Pottery Barn had 193 standard stores as of Oct. 28. The chain is owned by Williams-Sonoma Inc. of San Francisco, which also runs an eponymous chain as well as the West Elm home furnishings business. In the third quarter, Pottery Barn same-store sales rose 8.4%, smaller than the 11.1% increase it saw during the same quarter in 2012.
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BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Pottery Barn is opening its only outlet store west of Texas in the Outlets at Tejon, a 320,000-square-foot center north of the Grapevine set to begin operating in August . The 12,397-square-foot unit will be Pottery Barn's ninth outlet store in the United States. Pottery Barn had 193 standard stores as of Oct. 28. The chain is owned by Williams-Sonoma Inc. of San Francisco, which also runs an eponymous chain as well as the West Elm home furnishings business. In the third quarter, Pottery Barn same-store sales rose 8.4%, smaller than the 11.1% increase it saw during the same quarter in 2012.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Julianne Hough, a white actress, darkens her gorgeous mug, dresses up as a black TV character she admires, and apologizes after she is subjected to an Internet backlash. Some white idiots in Italy put on blackface for a fashion industry Halloween party. A couple of numbskulls in Florida dress up as the slain Trayvon Martin and his killer, George Zimmerman. An Asian American civil rights group complains about two Asian-themed costumes sold by Pottery Barn, which withdraws the items and apologizes.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2000 | Abigail Goldman
Furniture and housewares chain Pottery Barn will inaugurate its Web site today (http://www.potterybarn.com), hoping to get a jump on traffic by launching at 12:01 a.m. In addition to shopping online, visitors to the site can take a "home tour," featuring the store's new designs, products and decorating hints. Pottery Barn, owned by Williams-Sonoma Inc., said the site will offer instructions for home decorating projects and a glossary of design terms.
BUSINESS
March 6, 1986
The retailer, which bought the chain of housewares stores in April, 1984, said it has retained Shearson Lehman Bros. to help find a buyer. The unit, which operates 32 stores primarily in New York and Los Angeles, reportedly has been losing money. A sale of the unit would allow the San Bruno-based retailer to concentrate on its apparel stores, which recently have experienced a boom in sales and profits. Pottery Barn's sales reportedly represent $20 million of the Gap's $671.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2009 | Andrea Chang
In a dramatic cost-cutting move, home furnishings retailer Williams-Sonoma Inc. said Wednesday that it would cut 18% of its workforce, reduce its inventory and close a call center and distribution facility. The San Francisco-based company, which is also parent of the Pottery Barn chain, said the series of actions would reduce costs by about $75 million in fiscal 2009. The announcement came on yet another day of bad news for the retail industry. Women's retailer Charlotte Russe Holding Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1995
Plans are under way to turn tony Old Pasadena's last major blighted spot--the run-down, boarded-up Col-Fair building--into a bright, airy Pottery Barn housewares store. In recent years, Old Pasadena's collection of tired hotels and liquor stores has turned into a trendy shopping and entertainment area, except for the vacant Col-Fair building at Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Williams-Sonoma Inc. said Tuesday that profit for its fiscal first quarter rose 22%, beating analysts' estimates, on higher sales of furniture at its Pottery Barn chain. Net income rose to $26.2 million, or 22 cents a share, from $21.4 million, or 18 cents, a year earlier. Sales in the period ended May 1 rose 12% to $720.6 million, the San Francisco-based home-furnishings retailer said.
HOME & GARDEN
October 3, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Not all Halloween decorations need to be ghoulish or garish, especially when these economic times are frightening enough. Simple and witty alternatives can add a dash of goth or glamour. While not quite Edgar Allan Poe's fabled raven, these black crow candles have an eerie presence (especially as the wax melts); they also could fit the bill as part of a fall harvest tablescape. They're $10 each at Pottery Barn. The birds can be paired with CB2 Noir vases, $21.95 each, which have a matte black iron finish and a polished nickel interior.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 | By Anh Do
Pottery Barn apologized for selling a Halloween costume of a sushi chef and a kimono that an Asian American civil rights group had complained were culturally offensive. The retailer confirmed late Monday that the items had been removed from its website. "We did not intend to offend anyone with our Halloween costumes and we apologize," said Leigh Oshirak, vice president of public relations and marketing for Williams-Sonoma, parent company of Pottery Barn. "Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
NEWS
August 7, 2012 | By Craig Nakano
The biggest surprise of the new Pasadena store De-Cor isn't its location, a few miles east of Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Sur La Table and the rest of Home Design Central in the city's popular Old Town. Nor is it De-Cor's sheer size, which feels larger than of that of those cross-town shopping destinations. Nor is it De-Cor's pricing, which seems quite reasonable for pillows, poufs and bed covers with the detail and heart of handcrafted work. No, the biggest surprise is the space itself: smartly modern and sleek in a good way, with a polished concrete floor and sandblasted wood ceiling beams that showcase the vibrantly colored, pattern-rich designs in a thoroughly loft-like environment.
HOME & GARDEN
September 18, 2010 | By David A. Keeps, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Set in and around Berkeley, "Parenthood" unfolds principally in three family residences that vary in architectural style. The first is the house of Zeek and Camille Braverman (Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia). "They have lived there 30 years, filled it with heirlooms and haven't redecorated much," set decorator Julieann Getman says. "It's well worn and comfortable. " Despite clutter and "visible scouring pads," Getman says, the Bravermans' woodsy kitchen has an old-fashioned, welcoming feel.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2010 | By Sandra M. Jones
Simon Property Group Inc., the nation's largest mall operator, offered to buy General Growth Properties Inc. out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for more than $10 billion in a deal that would give shareholders -- typically left empty-handed in bankruptcy reorganization -- $9 a share. The Indianapolis company said it sent an offer letter to acquire Chicago's General Growth on Monday but hadn't received a response. General Growth is the No. 2 U.S. mall operator and counts among its Southern California properties the Glendale Galleria, Northridge Fashion Center and Burbank Town Center.
HOME & GARDEN
October 3, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Not all Halloween decorations need to be ghoulish or garish, especially when these economic times are frightening enough. Simple and witty alternatives can add a dash of goth or glamour. While not quite Edgar Allan Poe's fabled raven, these black crow candles have an eerie presence (especially as the wax melts); they also could fit the bill as part of a fall harvest tablescape. They're $10 each at Pottery Barn. The birds can be paired with CB2 Noir vases, $21.95 each, which have a matte black iron finish and a polished nickel interior.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2009 | Tiffany Hsu
Six companies are recalling millions of window coverings after the strangulation deaths of three children on product cords, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday. Two deaths were attributed to products from Lewis Hyman Inc. of Carson. The company recalled 4.2 million roll-up blinds with plastic slats, sold nationwide from 1999 through 2003 for $6 to $20, and 600,000 Woolrich Roman shades, which sold at Target from 2006 through 2008 for $25 to $43. One death was attributed to a product by Vertical Land Inc. of Panama City Beach, Fla., which recalled thousands of blinds and shades that sold at its Florida stores from 1992 to 2006 for $60 to $200.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Julianne Hough, a white actress, darkens her gorgeous mug, dresses up as a black TV character she admires, and apologizes after she is subjected to an Internet backlash. Some white idiots in Italy put on blackface for a fashion industry Halloween party. A couple of numbskulls in Florida dress up as the slain Trayvon Martin and his killer, George Zimmerman. An Asian American civil rights group complains about two Asian-themed costumes sold by Pottery Barn, which withdraws the items and apologizes.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Williams-Sonoma Inc. said Tuesday that comparable-store sales during the holiday shopping season were little changed from a year earlier, hurt by results at its Pottery Barn chain. Total sales rose less than the company expected, climbing 7.3% to $775.9 million in the eight weeks ended Dec. 26, the San Francisco-based retailer said.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2009 | Andrea Chang
In a dramatic cost-cutting move, home furnishings retailer Williams-Sonoma Inc. said Wednesday that it would cut 18% of its workforce, reduce its inventory and close a call center and distribution facility. The San Francisco-based company, which is also parent of the Pottery Barn chain, said the series of actions would reduce costs by about $75 million in fiscal 2009. The announcement came on yet another day of bad news for the retail industry. Women's retailer Charlotte Russe Holding Inc.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Upscale home-goods retailer Williams-Sonoma Inc. posted a higher quarterly profit, but its shares fell 4% after it forecast disappointing earnings for the current fiscal year on tough economic conditions. The owner of the Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn and West Elm chains forecast earnings per share of $1.42 to $1.56 for the fiscal year that began Feb. 4. Analysts, on average, were expecting $1.62, according to Reuters Estimates. For the current quarter, Williams-Sonoma said it expected results of break-even to earnings of 3 cents a share.
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