Phone accessories

String Ting is behind the adorable phone accessories you see in every celebrity selfie

Celebrity lockdown selfies are much brighter these days thanks to Ting chain. Founder Rachel Steed-Middleton was keen to “teach [her] his daughter and stepchildren to give back,” then began selling handmade bead bracelets to neighbors and friends to raise money for charity during London’s first lockdown. “It was like the pearl equivalent of a lemonade stand,” she tells British vogue.

Dua Lipa with her String Ting bracelet.

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The Peckham-based designer has since become the leading supplier of It-girl-approved phone wristbands and shoulder straps, all made from the comfort of her south-east London home. “String Ting has been a saving grace in making me feel connected to the world because I send them everywhere and I really enjoy talking to my clients and making them smile with their Tings,” she says.

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Her candy-colored designs have been endorsed by a host of stars – Dua Lipa and Wildflower founders Devon Lee and Sydney Carlson were quick to introduce String Ting to their massive Instagram followers, while Gigi Hadid, Alana O ‘Herlihy, Salem Mitchell and Mia Regan also decorated her smartphone.

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“The thing about String Ting is that they can go from incredibly playful to super chic – there’s something for everyone,” says Rachel. “There are models for the day and the evening – we change the shoulder strap like we change the bag – it’s fun!”

Just a glance at brand instagram feed to acknowledge its appeal: String Ting’s vibrant phone charms, all of which are unique, incorporate 90s smiley face beads, pastel bunnies and evil eye glass gemstones.