Commander Salamander store has long been a Washington staple for the young, harder-edged crowd. If you need a new pair of ... More
Commander Salamander store has long been a Washington staple for the young, harder-edged crowd. If you need a new pair of loafers or khaki pants, do not come here. If you are looking for tight-fitting clothing in leopard-skin, then drop by. Accessories (purses, socks, wallets) are sold here, as well as pop-culture knick-knacks such as stuffed replicas of the popular Pokemon characters. You will find jewelry and makeup with appropriately alternative names such as smog eye shadow, which is, in fact, a rather fetching shade of gray.
Being an "adult " now(37); and looking back on a visit to D.C when I was 16....this place was my fav!! I still remember it. I had never seen a store this kewl!! You 'll find awesome one~of~ a~kind things! hope you enjoy as much as I have!
What happened to the old Commander Salamander? The most unique things in this store are the accessories (buttons, canvas bags, magnets, armbands, etc.) but in general nothing that cannot be found at Up Against the Wall or Hot Topic. And if you wear a size 10 or above, don't even bother shopping for clothing.
Better to try Madame X's Vintage Planet in Takoma Park for a truly unique selection.
so i got 2 work at commander...did i like the clothes?...well my friends-n-customerz sure did!...in fact, my salez were great-n-just about eVryday i made quota...yes- it did change oVr the yearz...when i finally got 2 work there (12 yrz after first stepping foot in the store) it changed ovr to a wider selection 2 accommadate all types of club clothing in general...punk/goth/rave/hip-hop- and yes, stuff for my dancehall reggae partnerz too:)...the only thing that waz negative waz the change of selection in shoes...they had the most fabulous shoes for so long then replaced the platformz w/a very limited selection...probably becuz othR storez gave a bettR deal...so thatz alrite...
az 4 the dj- of course the store had one!...thatz the DC-b-More culture!...
What happened to Commander Salamander? It was the coolest store in the 1980s and even most of the 1990s. You could find the coolest punk/new wave fashions and accessories, band buttons, doc martens and more. I found none of that there now. They don't even have (at least I didn't see them) the cool free Commander Salamander pins we all used to collect. Hot Topic is cooler.
I went there back in my college days in the 80's. In fact, I remember the first day they opened for business...they served free champagne! Great store! I still have the black leather wristband with the metal spikes!
I returned to DC on business and stepped into Salamanders back in '97.
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