SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn, portfolio brands of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM), the world’s largest digital-first, design-led and sustainable home retailer, announced today the launch of a new collaboration in partnership with award-winning actress, author, and activist, Marlo Thomas.
An avid tabletop collector and enthusiastic hostess with a deep appreciation for versatility and functionality, Marlo drew inspiration for her first home entertaining collection from the unique pieces she has discovered over her decades of world travel. From the porcelain markets in Kyoto, Japan, to the iconic Portobello Road market in London, Marlo has assembled a treasure trove of beloved tabletop items that she has drawn inspiration from for Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn customers.
An expert at crafting a warm and inviting array of colorful serving pieces topped with delicious treats, Marlo’s natural eye for the perfect blend of beauty and quality is on full display in the home entertaining collection, comprised of more than 10 pieces.
Marlo comments, “I am thrilled Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn asked me to bring my love of entertaining to their customers. To see my very favorite pieces brought to life is a dream come true; I can’t wait to see how customers use these versatile, classic items in their homes, and I hope they have as much joy sharing them with their friends as I have with mine.”
“Williams-Sonoma, Inc.’s admiration for Marlo began years ago as we worked alongside each other to fundraise for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Williams Sonoma President, Ryan Ross. “Our relationship evolved into a product partnership once our team observed that Marlo’s passion for entertaining paralleled her love of philanthropy. Marlo’s approach to entertaining and decorating her home is timeless which made this collaboration perfect for both the Williams Sonoma and the Pottery Barn brands.”
President and CEO of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Laura Alber added, “I was fortunate to attend a fundraising event at Marlo’s home where I was able to witness first-hand her ability to make elegant entertaining feel effortless. I knew that our customers would benefit from her expertise and I am proud that our teams were able to collaborate with Marlo to develop products that reflect her personal style and hospitable spirit.”
“As an actress, author, activist, and hostess, Marlo Thomas is exquisite in her execution of everything she does, and this collection with Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma is no exception,” said Marta Benson, President of Pottery Barn. “The fusion of inspiration from Marlo’s travels, creates timeless table settings with a globally inspired aesthetic. We are excited for our customers to bring these entertaining gems into their homes and celebrations.”
The Marlo Thomas Collection at Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn includes:
Marlo Thomas Scenic Appetizer Plates - Inspired by traditional blue-and-white Japanese porcelain Marlo discovered in Kyoto, each gold-rimmed plate features a unique hand-painted scene surrounded by classic motifs. Their distinctive shape and size are ideal for salads, appetizers and more. Set of four, $49.95.
Marlo Thomas Textile Appetizer Plates - Durable enough for everyday use, these versatile plates feature a unique hand-painted floral design and gold rim. Set of four, $49.95.
Marlo Thomas Three Condiment Dish - Inspired by a discovery in a London marketplace, this server holds a trio of white ceramic bowls wrapped in hand-turned solid oak. $79.95.
Marlo Thomas Champagne Bucket - Designed to keep Champagne and other beverages perfectly chilled, this gleaming stainless-steel bucket is wrapped in hand-turned solid oak and finished with graceful side handles with exposed rivets and a tapered base. $169.95.
Marlo Thomas Cheese Dome - This server pairs a hand-turned, sustainably sourced solid oak base with a regal glass dome for stunning presentation of artisanal cheese and appetizers. $99.95.
Marlo Thomas Rectangular Cheese Tray - Designed by Marlo—and one of the central inspirations for her collection—this versatile solid-oak piece is fitted with two rectangular white ceramic dishes, creating a striking stage for serving cheese, crackers and fruits, all on one beautiful tray. It’s perfect, too, for serving charcuterie. $99.95.
Marlo Thomas Wine Chiller - Gleaming stainless-steel wine chiller, wrapped in hand-turned solid oak and finished with silver-plated handles. Marlo also loves using this as a vase for florals. $79.95.
Marlo Thomas Large Serve Bowl - Large ceramic serving bowl, encircled in solid sustainably sourced oak wood and finished with silver-plated brass handles. $99.95.
Marlo Thomas Small Serve Bowl - Exquisite ceramic serving bowl wrapped with hand-turned solid oak and a tapered base. $49.95.
Marlo Thomas Round Bar Tray - A classic pairing of lustrous silver plate and richly grained wood makes this tray a classic for entertaining and an effortless match for a wide variety of stemware, cocktail glasses and bar tools. Sealed with food-safe lacquer, it's ideal for serving drinks or snacks. $149.95.
Marlo Thomas Napkin Collection - Inspired by vintage Asian prints, the napkins feature four different iconic blue-and-white floral motifs on pure cotton. Set of four, $19.95.
To shop or learn more about the collection, please visit: williams-sonoma.com/marlothomas and potterybarn.com/marlothomas.
About Williams Sonoma
Since its founding by Chuck Williams in 1956, the Williams Sonoma brand has been bringing people together around food. A member of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) portfolio of brands, Williams Sonoma is a leading specialty retailer of high-quality products for the kitchen and home, providing world-class service and an engaging customer experience. Products include cookware, cooks’ tools, cutlery, electrics, bakeware, food, tabletop and bar, outdoor, cookbooks, as well as furniture, lighting and decorative accessories. Each store offers cooking classes and tastings conducted by expert culinary staff. A comprehensive gift registry program for weddings and other special events is available in stores and online. On williams-sonoma.com and the Williams Sonoma blog, Taste, customers can find recipes, tips, and techniques that help them create delicious meals. Williams Sonoma can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Williams Sonoma is also part of The Key Rewards, a free-to-join loyalty program that offers members exclusive benefits across the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. family of brands.
About Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) portfolio of brands, is a premier specialty retailer for casual, comfortable and stylish home furnishings. The brand is dedicated to beautiful ideas for real life, quality products that are crafted to last, sustainability and service. Key product categories include furniture, bedding, bath, rugs, window treatments, tabletop, lighting and decorative accessories. Nearly all Pottery Barn products are designed in-house and are exclusive to its catalogs, stores and website. Pottery Barn operates company-owned stores in the United States, Canada and Australia and has unaffiliated franchisees that operate stores in the Middle East, the Philippines and South Korea, and stores and ecommerce websites in Mexico, as well as an ecommerce site at www.potterybarn.com that offers international shipping to customers worldwide. Pottery Barn provides complimentary design services and a comprehensive gift registry program for weddings and other special events. Pottery Barn now offers products for all life stages and every room in the home through Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, and Pottery Barn Teen. Pottery Barn is also part of The Key Rewards, a free-to-join loyalty program that offers members exclusive benefits across the Williams-Sonoma family of brands. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
About Marlo Thomas
Marlo Thomas is an award-winning actress, author and activist whose body of work continues to impact American entertainment and culture. She has won four Emmys, the Peabody, a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and in 2014, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President Barack Obama, the highest honor a civilian can receive. Marlo burst onto the scene as That Girl, television's first independent working woman, and went on to create the groundbreaking children's record, book and TV special, Free to Be...You and Me. She remains a constant presence on television and the Broadway stage, and serves as the National Outreach Director of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which was founded by her father, show business legend Danny Thomas. As the author of eight New York Times bestselling books, Marlo made the list again this year with her latest, What Makes a Marriage Last, which she co-authored with her husband, talk show pioneer, Phil Donahue.