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 customer service.