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Check Out Lydia Crespo’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lydia Crespo.

Hi Lydia, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
At Cozy Shop, gifting is our sweet spot.

Whether you are treating yourself or someone else Cozy Shop has got you covered with Midwest-designed/handmade goodies. Each purchase supports a Midwest maker or artisan. Turn any celebration into a local celebration.

Cozy Shop’s mission is to bridge the gap between maker and consumer. Every piece in Cozy Shop has a story, a laugh, and is always wonderfully Midwest-made.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
As with a lot of businesses, we opened our brick and mortar just before Covid hit. Quickly taking our business online kept us afloat through the pandemic and thriving into the year 2022!

Customers were excited to start in-person shopping again, and most importantly, to laugh (which our shop provides a lot of).

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Lydia Crespo is a Maker. Her goal is to inspire creative action.

Crespo’s collection of artfully crafted hand-dyed clothing will keep you cozy. Her creative workshops are designed to motivate and entertain any audience. Argaman&Defiance is a surface design studio located in St. Charles, MO.

Lydia Crespo attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) graduating in 2010. She received the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship from SAIC upon graduation. Crespo used the funds from the fellowship to start her business, Argaman&Defiance.

Crespo is a two-time published author. Her design work has been recognized through awards, fellowships, and scholarships. Please see my CV for the full list.

In 2018, the Argaman&Defiance studio moved to the Foundry Art Centre located in St. Charles, MO.

In 2019, Crespo opened brick + mortar, Cozy Shop, a place to find the best handmade products produced in the Midwest. Visit the Cozy Shop just a few blocks south of her studio at 338 S. Main Street in St. Charles, MO.

Argaman&Defiance collection is available in over 250 boutiques throughout the US. A&D has designed for Urban Outfitters, West Elm, Target, Google, and Paramount Plus.

Crespo has been featured on Show Me St. Louis, NBC Morning Chicago, WGN’s Around Town Chicago, and Craft Room Crash speaking about her collection.

Most recently Argaman&Defiance was highlighted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch “Made in St. Louis”, Design STL “A Day in the Life”, Chicago Magazine “Best of Chicago”, Chicago Tribune “16 Things We Love”, and Listen to Crespo on S2 Episode 11 and S3 Episode 1 of the Go-Forth Podcast, and Episode 3 of the Creative Living Podcast.

In her spare time, Crespo writes about the creative process and cultivates her creative community. She is also very involved in the community that surrounds and supports her. She encourages everyone to stay curious.


  • St. Louis Hand Dyed Crews $58
  • Colorwheel Tees $36
  • SAINT CHUCK Hand Dyed Crews $58
  • SAINT CHUCK Tees $24

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Instagram: @cozyshopst
  • Facebook: @CozyshopSTL

Image Credits

J Whitmore Photo

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