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!

Nygard 50 years FBF April 20, 2018

Nygard expands into a 60,000 square foot building at Notre Dame in Winnipeg. 

This full fledged factory is the first in the industry to include air-conditioned facilities for sewing operators.

Peter Nygard and his Mom Visit Finland

Lots of people who live in what’s referred to as the Western world, take a lot for granted in terms of the freedom that its citizens enjoy.
In a number of countries around the world, such freedoms are not a given, especially in communist countries. Individuals born in these countries and nearby are always aware of this fact, including fashion mogul Peter Nygard.

As he once stated, “When I walk through my business and the places that I have, I say, ‘my God, are you ever a lucky guy’. Am I ever lucky that I was born in Finland instead of Estonia, that I was born on the right side of the Iron Curtain.”

In 1994, Peter Nygard and his Mom, Hilkka, returned to his beloved Finland for a visit. He wanted to find a way to pay homage to the veterans of the Winter War in Finland, to show his gratitude for their bravery and Sisu spirit that allowed them to stop the Russians and allowed Finland to maintain its independence.

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Peter Nygard TBT - Nygard Knit Division

A look back at when we had summer & wore these fun summer fashions.

How did Peter Nygard achieve success?

From our study of fashion mogul Peter Nygard’s success, we’ve gotten a peek into some of the rigors he chose to engage in that allowed him to turn an eight-thousand-dollar company into many multi millions of dollars mega success over fifty years.

There are a number of clues as to how he has done this; many of which has to do with his characteristics: We’ve heard of his sixteen-hour days, his perfectionism, his attention to detail, his strategic thinking, and his belief that nothing is impossible to achieve.

We’ve talked about his ability to motivate his staff to help him achieve his goals, and his generosity in giving $10,000-dollar gifts to employees who have stayed with him for a quarter of a century or more.

But one of the standouts is Peter Nygard’s determination to be the best at everything that he does. It’s a standout not just because of this goal; it’s a standout because of what it takes to be the best and because of what he is prepared to do to be the best.

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Peter Nygard's philosophy of life and approach to success

Studying the words and actions of fashion mogul Peter Nygard has been quite instructive of his road to 50 years of business success.

A speech he gave to a graduating class from his high school alma mater speaks to his philosophy of life and approach to success.

In his talk, he expressed a concern that arose from observing people on his travels that revealed that some people aren’t allowing themselves to use their gifts. He shared the following:

“People are in constant struggle with time and place. People always seem to have a feeling that they are either too young or too old to do certain things.”

Nygard further expressed, “Most people go to their graves with their best tune still in them. The most beautiful melodies in all the world are never played simple because the average person has never learned to get them out.

Peter Nygard ended his speech to the graduates by stating that tried and true axiom, ‘you only get out of life what you put into it’.

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Nygard Plus store to Open

Canada’s leading Fashion house Nygård announced the launch of a NEW concept store – Nygård Plus – located at Seaway Mall.

Scheduled to open in May 2018, this is the first Nygård Plus store in Canada and will carry fashionable clothing from Nygård’s popular brands Alia, TanJay & Nygård Slims in sizes 14 through 3X.

Women of all ages will find classic and stylish clothing and build a fashionable wardrobe at an affordable budget that will help them look and feel their best. “We want to offer fashionable styles to every body type so our customers can truly find the best fashion that fits her. The plus-size retail environment is still really limited in terms of selection and we feel that our brands can satisfy the unfilled demand for trendy, affordable plus styles that the market is dictating” said Sajjad Hudda, President of Nygård Retail.

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Capri with Notch

These skinny capris with small side slits at the hem feature a pull-on waist, concealed 4" midsection minimizer, 2" visible waistband, faux front pocket details and functional back pockets for the look of denim in a streamlined fit.

Luxe Denim Slims offer ultimate comfort and compression in a luxurious look and feel: our exclusive fabric has 4-way stretch and 24/7 recovery, giving you a perfect fit every time.

These capris  are made of 55% cotton, 22% rayon, 19% polyester and 4% elastane and more details can be found here.

Nygard 50 years in fashion FBF archives 1979

Nygard 50 years in fashion FBF archives 1979 - Actor David Soul and former Winnipeg Mayor Bill Norrie attend IK opening.

Peter Nygard never stops designing

50th Anniversary TBT: From ALIA to SLIMS Peter Nygard never stops designing; always striving for excellence & reinventing of the CO to keep in step with the times!!