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360 Toy Group
Nearby Subway Stops
F at Second Ave.; J, Z at Bowery
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
This venue is closed.
The highly collectible figurines that are 360's stock in trade could be described as "toys," but they're really plush and vinyl art--meant to be placed on a shelf, not snuggled-up with overnight. At this gallery-cum-workshop, the wares, including the house line, combine street tough with the oddly cuddly; pieces are made in limited production and, as with so many fashionable things, trace their aesthetic lineage to Japan. On American shores, such objects are gaining mainstream recognition, with even the venerable Visionaire getting in on the action and collaborating with McQueen, Prada and other houses to create a collection of haute-couture playthings. 360's patrons aren't Peter Pans--Barrie's manchild never had this kind of disposable incomeï┐Żbut rather connoisseurs who can identify an artist's signature flourish or an object's specific provenance. The store's a bit high-concept, and the uninitiated will wonder what all the fuss is about, but those in on the very particular scene will positively swoon.