Most people talk about Peter J. Nygård, Chairman of NYGÅRD (International), in terms of his classic rags-to-riches story – the Finnish immigrants' son, who stitched up an empire out of women's clothing and is now the quintessential self-made man. This story overlooks another side of Peter Nygård – a hard driven man who has created a standard of excellence for the Canadian Women’s Fashion Industry, whose label is the #1 recognized label in the Canadian marketplace, and whose signature is recognized in fashion centres across the globe.

Peter Nygård’s success story began when he gathered his life savings and borrowed $8,000 capital to purchase 20% of a women’s garment manufacturer with $800,000 in annual sales, which within a few years he owned outright - renaming it 'NYGÅRD' & turning it around from near bankruptcy into the bustling dynasty that it is today! The speed with which Nygård claimed his #1 position in the industry is attributed to the uniqueness of his business decisions and his work ethic that includes 14-16 hour days/seven days a week. But then again, as Nygård says, "The only time you are working is when you wish you were doing something else".







 

Welcome to the exciting World of 
Peter Nygård!

FBF Archives 1989


Peter Nygard had always envisioned his dream home to be a mixture of Robinson Crusoe and Indiana Jones with the luxuries of a 5 star resort.

As a true architect and builder he designed the most unique home in the world - Nygård Cay.

ALIA Commercial from the 1980's


The next time you wear a pair of pants ask yourself these questions do your pants fit this well here ... here ... and here?

Do they have the comfort of a fine stretch weave?

Are they classically styled to take you anywhere?

Are they available in all the fashion colors you really want?

Can you just wash and wear them?

Do they look good with other fashion pieces for an easy to coordinate look?

Are they affordable?

If your pants don't look and feel as stylish and comfortable on you as these do then it's time you discovered ALIA by Tan Jay.

Flourish Print Denim Pull-On Capris

A pair of denim pull-on capris with a flourish print at the hem, 5 pockets and belt loops.

The plus size has a 20 inch inseam with a 18 inch leg opening.

These super stretch denims are made of 73% cotton, 24% polyester and 3% spandex.

Get full details here.

Nygard Gave 22 Million To Cancer Organisations

NYGARD for Life is his charitable platform encompassing a number of initiatives including NYGARD for Life fashion shows featuring cancer survivors, and an annual endowment to CancerCare. They’ve sponsored a symphony orchestra to play for breast cancer patients while they receive treatment. Other initiatives have included NYGÅRD International Molecular Biology Breast Cancer Research Unit and Breast Cancer Tumor Bank, and a Mobile Mammography Unit.

Nygard’s organisation has sponsored and participated in a number of other cancer awareness initiatives that raised money for cancer research like ‘Climb for The Cure’ where participants summited Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, which is the highest mountain in Africa; and like ‘Run for the Cure’ for which he had reached the milestone of having given 1 million t-shirts by 2008.

Twenty-two million dollars is a whole lot of money for one individual to give to a cause. It appears that Nygard’s generosity knows no bounds as he has continuously demonstrated his commitment to addressing this challenge.

Read the full story here.

Peter Nygard and sister Liisa

Mrs Nygård, Peter Nygård & Liisa Johnson
The unbreakable bond between fashion mogul Peter Nygard and his sister Liisa could be seen from their days growing up playing on the Nygård family farm. During World War II,they were sent to stay on the farm to get away from the bombing in Helsinki, Finland when Liisa was two years old and Peter was three.

In addition to their unbreakable bond of love and respect, they both appeared to have the ‘Midas touch’ of success. Liisa took a $2,000-dollar credit line and turned it into an 8-million-dollar success selling women’s clothing.

She got advice from her big brother while building her company and Liisa adopted a lot of his ways of doing business. She describes her big brother as her mentor and cheerleader who helped her tremendously, but not just in business.

Liisa has expressed that Peter has having always been her defender starting from the time they were little. Even in school nobody bullied her because they knew Peter was protecting her. He has even taken on the role as protector in her most life-threatening fight.

Read the full story here.

Peter Nygard Receiving Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal


Former Lieutenant Governor Pearl McGonigal presented Peter Nygard with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal "In recognition for his philanthropic work raising money/awareness for cancer research".

2003 Nygard Fashion show

Style never goes out of fashion. Check out this 2003 Fashion Show at the Winnipeg Convention Centre launching the NFN Fashion Network.



The Winnipeg Convention Center was the place to be for fashion fans tonight as fashion mogul Peter Nygard previewed his fall line.

This show and dinner marked the launch of Nygard's innovative fashion network which uses satellites to beam events like this to store locations around the world.

All of Nygard's many clothing lines were represented up tonight's show including the designers signature line.


Mother's day shopping at NYGARD

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. We’ve taken out the guesswork with a list of fashion styles that are sure to be a hit with mom.

Bold prints like leopard, abstract and stripes will be a standout trend this spring and summer.

Classic white skinnies are making a comeback, while cold shoulder tops, tunics and statement sleeves are here to stay.

This season, we’re in love with baroque, palm, floral and abstract prints, plus textured fabrics and finishing touches.

NYGARD fashions is your destination for the perfect gift!

Click here to shop our curated selection of the best Mother’s Day gifts as chosen by moms!

May 31 is VIP day at NYGARD

Save the date - May 31 is VIP day at NYGÅRD!

Let us cater to your fashion tastes on VIP Day at your local NYGÅRD store.

We'll have a fashion presentation, refreshments, draws, and much more.

See you there May 31 - mark your calendars!

Find your nearest NYGÅRD store by clicking here.