This bag is notoriously known for playing 'hard to get', it sells out quicker than it comes in so you have to watch website's that stock A.P.C like a hawk! I refreshed A.P.C's website every morning and every night for two weeks until I managed to call this beautiful bag my own. If you manage to get your hands on it then bravo, however, it breaks my heart to say this do not pay full price for this bag. There is no denying when brand new, it's a stunning piece of craftsmanship but it's an awkward shape, and it takes more care than I'd care to give to keep it looking this pristine.
Shape - Some websites call it the half moon bag, others the demi-lune but you get the gist! I like to think on a day to day errand running trip I travel quite light; my bag typically consists of the usual: purse, keys, phone, small diary and pen, a lip product, compact mirror and a concealer, but that's pretty much all I'm getting in there comfortably. Should I choose to bring my Samsung NX3000 out with me that's when the trouble arises, the diary has to be left home (no hope in hell of fitting that AND the camera in there) and packing the bag turns into a precision military operation. Its half moon shape limits which way the camera can fit inside to one way only so all other items have to slot in around the camera, pulling the camera out to use it then creates the puzzle of repacking the bag all over again. Due to the position of the strap rivets the opening is also limiting and somewhat stiff so pulling larger items in and out of the bag can be tricky. Credit to A.P.C though they have inserted a small pocket inside the bag which is great for essentials, e.g., keys, travel card, phone.
Leather - As beautiful as the freshly dyed leather is (and it smells divine!), before buying the bag I had read the colour can and probably will transfer onto lighter items, so I cleverly sprayed the bag with a protector spray before wearing it as to avoid this. Don't say I didn't warn you! Fellow demi-lune owners have asked me if mine has scratched a lot. Fortunately, it hasn't but this is only through taking ALOT of good care. I'm very conscious of knocking the bag against things, where I put it down and when not in the use the bag lives, stuffed with tissue paper, in the original dust bag. Storing items in dust bags and boxes to protect them is fine by me, practically all my bags and shoes live in some form of bag/box or other but I'd much rather be able to sling this bag over me without having to be so precarious with it. The argument here might be 'oh but it's meant to age over time and scratches are part of that process' which is true, it probably is, and I've seen the tan version age beautifully but black, on the other hand, not so much. Feedback from other owners also includes flaking of the leather, luckily I haven't experienced this, but it's another factor to consider.
The funds for buying this bag came from reselling a Mulberry bag I no longer used so it almost felt like a straight swap. If I were saving up for the demi-lune now knowing what I know, I would probably reconsider my decision and alternatively, save up for the Celine Trio in black. The only reason I still have this bag and wear it so regularly is down to the fact, it's the only small black everyday bag I own right now (and it is an attractive bag). The idea of selling the bag to fund something more practical and hard wearing has crossed my mind but, for now, I'm sticking with the half-moon bag.
- Spray with a leather protector before use.
- Try not over fill the bag as this can warp the shape of the bag.
- Store with tissue stuffed inside to retain the rigid form.
Verdict: Not worth it at full price.