Lydia Crespo attended St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley (STLCCFV) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She received the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship from SAIC upon graduation, and used the funds to start her business, Argaman&Defiance.
Argaman&Defiance collection is available in over 30 boutiques throughout the US. A&D has designed for Urban Outfitters, West Elm, Target, and Huckberry. Most recently, A&D was highlighted in Chicago Magazine’s “Best of Chicago”, the Chicago Tribune “16 Things We Love”, and MarthaStewart.com.
Crespo has created and lead workshops out of her studio for three years.