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".


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Peter Nygård!

Nygard 50 years in fashion FBF 1996

Super Model Helena Christensen wearing Peter Nygard Signature Birdseye Tweed Pant Suit w/ leather accents

Peter Nygard story at Eaton's

Peters Nygards outstanding scholastic performance at the University of North Dakota led to a job at Eaton's.

During his interview with the Canadian retail giant he would write a test intended for executive management.

He would be identified as meeting the selection criteria for the future president of the company.

Peter took his life savings plus an additional eight thousand dollars to purchase of the company.

Within a few years he owned it outright and the fashion landscape in Canada was changed.

Floral Print Tee with Tassel Tie

A 3/4 sleeve tee featuring a crew neck with a small notch that closes with a tassel tie and curved hems.

The petite size is 24.5 inches long and is made of 100% Polyester (exclusive of trimming).

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Pinstripe Crop Pants with Side Slit

A cropped pair of dressy pants in a chic pinstripe with small side slits at the hem.

Features a zip front opening, belt loops, functioning front pockets and faux welt back pockets.

The regular size has a 24 inch inseam and a 15 inch leg opening.  They are made of 67% rayon, 21% nylon, 9% polyester and 3% spandex.

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Peter Nygard's series of decisions determined his outcomes

Fashion mogul Peter Nygard went from a poor boy to a multi-millionaire and you can see how his series of decisions determined his outcomes.

One of his decisions as a teenager was to attend university. But, it wasn’t just about that decision. While in university, he decided to give up his love of sports and not play. Remember, he exceled in six different sporting activities in high school and was named Male Athlete of the Year when he graduated.

He also didn’t join any social fraternities. Instead, Peter Nygard decided to focus all of his attention on his studies and joined the business fraternity at the University.

In 1964, Peter became the president of Delta Sigma Pi. Competing against 56 other National Chapters, he led his chapter to win the Efficiency Contest with the highest distinction honors in the country. Peter Nygard graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1964 from the University of North Dakota.

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Raised Dot Sweater

A soft sweater in textured dotted knit, with a wide crew neck and 3/4 sleeves.

The regular size is 25 inches long and it's made of 60% cotton and 40% acrylic.

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Peter Nygards competitive spirit was always present

First bike purchased with paper route money
It is likely that if we look back on the early years of successful people, we will see signs of their future success. Whether it’s reflected in their attitudes, approach to tasks or demonstrated in their actions, there is usually an indication of where that individual is headed. For fashion mogul Peter Nygard, the signs came early in his life, even in the midst of his family’s focus on survival.

Living in poverty in their new land, survival was the order of the day. So Peter went from collecting Coke bottles out of ditches to starting his own paper route at the age of twelve. For Peter, it was only natural to always work hard. He’d watch his parents do it all of his young life. So, it wasn’t long before one paper route turned into three. Soon he had to hire help. He hired two neighbourhood boys and his sister to help deliver the newspapers while he focused on collections.

However, it wasn’t enough for Peter to do what everyone else was doing. He had learned at a very early age what it was to compete from his Finnish culture. Before the age of ten, Peter was competing in ‘Mini Olympic’ events back in Finland. And, it wasn’t just about competing. He had seen his parents win awards at community sporting events. Therefore, in Peter’s mind, you had to not only compete; you had to win!

Peter’s competitive spirit was always present and even in delivering papers he wanted to be the best.

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Nygård 50 years in Fashion 2008 Archives

Peter Nygård awarded keys to numerous Major Cities across North America including WPG MB.

Peter Nygard is truly a Rags-to-Riches story

Peter Nygard is truly a Rags-to-Riches story & Robin Leach is one to know, as he has featured NYGARD CAY on numerous segments of Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous throughout the 90s. 

In this TBT video, we see Robin Leach describing Nygard Cay. 

The private luxury resort includes replicas of Mayan Temples, private tennis court, beaches, pool, aquarium, disco club & state-of-the-art Home Theatre, and 20+ themed cabanas for himself, his family & many celebrity guests who wish to get away for a serene sabbatical.