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!

How to rock the christmas sweater

Holiday season is fast approaching and you’ll no doubt be on the lookout for cozy knits to keep you warm. However, when shopping for your Christmas sweater this year, there’s a fine line between festive and frumpy. Get it right with our simple checklist to finding a sweater that is both on-trend and festive…without looking like you got a makeover at Santa’s grotto.

Christmas sweater dos:  Keep it simple – basic pieces with a hint of Christmas spirit are your best option. Try a sweater with a simple motif like this Fair Isle Fringe Sweater or a delicate snowflake design that says winter wonderland.

Christmas sweater don’ts:  Anything stick on – pompoms, baubles and bells are a definite fashion faux-pas. This type of embellishment can add years to your look and often appears cheap, not chic.

Read the complete blog here.

"RAGS TO RICHES" journey

Peter Nygard officially opens Nygård Park in Deloraine, MB, CDA to thank his former neighbours for welcoming his family to their 1st CDN home & for starting him on his "RAGS TO RICHES" journey.

Peter Nygård in 1957

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Peter Nygård early childhood pictures

Peter Nygård in 1957

50th anniversary TBT: ALIA Infomercial

50th anniversary TBT: Our ALIA Infomercial about The Perfect Pant from the 80's! 

Offering you comfort, classic style, colour selection, easy wash and wear, looks good with many fashion pieces and affordability.

Ottoman Rib Longline Cardigan

It's getting chilly out and Nygard Fashions has you covered, whether at work or play!

Here's a longline cardigan in a textured Ottoman rib knit, with a collarless, open front.

 This cardigan is made of 50% polyester, 35% viscose and 15% nylon and comes in both gray and black.

Get full details here.

Peter Nygård School Picture

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Peter Nygård early childhood pictures

Peter Nygård at Kotkankatu School at Age 7

Leslie Pull-On Straight Leg Pant

Clean & streamlined with a lean, straight leg, this pull-on pant is also deceptively comfortable.

It features an all-around elastic waist & superior stretch construction for an easy fit all day long.

 This soho stretch pant is made of 68% polyester, 29% rayon and 3% spandex.

Get full details here.

Peter Nygård Athletic Award

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Peter Nygård early childhood pictures

Peter Nygård Top Athletic Star Award in 1958

Peter Nygård's Special Relationship With His Mom

* from home video archives

He flew in from Toronto & of course straight to mom’s house. 

Hilkka: “He always comes to mom’s house 1st”.

PJN: “This is MY mom ~ My very own mom”.

Hilkka: “This is my very own son”.

Shimmer, shine and sparkle: holiday looks you’ll love

The holiday season is all about shimmer, shine and sparkle. Think glistening snow, sparkling icicles and metallic tones…minus the freezing temperatures! Make this December one to remember with holiday looks you’ll be able to wear time and time again.

The Lace Cold Shoulder Bell Sleeve Blouse, complete with a lined body, is a great piece to instantly take your outfit from drab to fab.

For a more polished feel that exudes glamour, take a look at our statement Velvet Blazer made with 97% cotton to keep you comfortable, warm and stylish throughout party season.

For those of you that struggle to put a cohesive outfit together or who simply don’t have the time, the Mixed Media Sweater was made for you! This glittering 2-in-1 piece requires next to no effort at all thanks to its built in camisole and luxurious metallic knit.

See and read more about these holiday looks here.

Peter Nygård in Finland as child

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Peter Nygård early childhood pictures

Peter with sister Liisa and Mum Hilkka in Finland

Modern Slim Leg Pull-On Jeans with Lace

These slim leg jeans feature a pull-on waist, pockets and comfortable super stretch denim fabric accented with a lace side stripe.

 These super stretch denim jeans are made of 73% cotton, 24% polyester and 3% spandex (exclusive of trimming).

Get full details here.

Young Lifeguard Peter Nygård

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Young Lifeguard Peter Nygård with sister Liisa

Congratulations to Peter Nygård and NYGÅRD International

Congratulations to Peter Nygård and NYGÅRD International Celebrating 50 Years in The Fashion Industry

Congratulations to our Founder and Chairman Peter J Nygård on leading the pack for fifty incredible years in the Fashion Industry. Fifty years ago today, on December 1st, 1967, Peter gathered his life savings to purchase just 20% of a ladies garment manufacturer. Within the year, he owned the company outright, and the rest is history.

Today, NYGÅRD International begins its year long celebration of the Man and the Company, a true Rags to Riches success story! Stayed tuned for our media updates showcasing our Fashions and Corporate memories throughout the decades direct from our Company archives.

NYGÅRD - 50 years and getting younger!

Watch NYGÅRD's History by the Decade

Peter Nygard With his beloved Mother Hilkka

Hilkka Nygard was born and raised on the forested island of Lamposaari in Finland before immigrating to Canada. Her story is a stirring and inspiring tribute to those thousands of Canadian immigrant mothers whose courage and strength enabled their children to grow, create, achieve and prosper.

Hilkka, seen here with her son Peter, was the Matriarch of the Nygard family and the mortar that kept the bricks together, guiding Peter to achieve the enormous global success of the Nygard clothing empire. She was his number one fan!

Peter’s special connect with his Mother was powerful and when she became ill he traveled the world for her looking for the best help.

Hilkka's death motivated Peter to dedicate substantial financial resources toward Breast Cancer Research.

Her warm and passionate ‘Child of Lamposaari” autobiography can be found here.

Nygard 50 Year Celebration Continues With FBF 1994 Archives

Supermodel Linda Evangelista in iconic Head to Toe Peter Nygard Signature.

Peter Nygårds First Bike

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Peter Nygård early childhood pictures

First bike purchased with paper route money

Nautical Straight Leg Pants

Classic trousers get an update with decorative gold button detailing and a high waist.

The exclusive Contour waist helps flatten the midsection with a 4" covered elastic waistband, while thigh compression lengthens your legs – creating the Perfect Fit.

These are made of 70% rayon, 27% nylon and 3% spandex and full details can be found here.

Peter Nygard 50TH anniversary TBT

50TH anniversary TBT: The 2000's is when Peter Nygård earned the Distinguished Patriot Award.

Enjoy our nostalgic clip when NYGÅRD was featured on Heartbeat of America as an organization that was impacting lives & shaping the future

Peter Nygård with Family Cat

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Peter Nygård early childhood pictures

Family Fun

Comfort Fit Boot Cut Pants

These boot cut trousers feature a fly opening with an elastic waistband, crisp creases on the front and back.

This fashionable pant also features functional front welt pockets and faux back welt pockets for a streamlined look.

They are made of 78% rayon, 20% nylon and 2% spandex and more details can be found here.

Peter Nygård at Church Convocation

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Peter Nygård early childhood pictures

Church Convocation with mother Hilkka & sister Liisa

Ruched Legging

Your classic black legging with a twist.

The ruching down the front panel provides a subtle texture that dresses up your look.

Mix and match with tunics for a stylish ensemble that works for day or night.

This pant is made of 64% rayon,  33% nylon and 3% spandex.

Get full details here.

Peter Nygård and High School Basketball

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Glenlawn Collegiate High School basketball finalists 1957-1958

Holiday Gift Guide

The Nygard Fashions Holiday Gift Guide for 2017.

The last ship date to ensure delivery before December 25th is December 18th.

  • Perfect Part Looks
  • Luxe Leather Looks
  • Holiday Bling
  • Cozy Outerwear
  • Sweet Sweet Sweaters
  • Gifts Under $50
  • Gifts Under $100
  • Dazzle in Denim
  • Always the Right Size 
And don't forget ... FREE shipping on orders over $75 ... Click here!

Embellished Denim Jacket with Embroidery

This denim jacket boasts floral embroidery, rhinestone embellishments, is fitted at the waist and topped off with a flattering curved front hem.

It is made with a soft, lightweight stretch denim fabric and has a button front closure and flap pockets.

The regular size is 20.5 inches long and is made of 73% cotton, 24% polyester and 3% spandex.

Get complete details on this denim jacket here.

Final Run NYGÅRD 35th ANNIV

From the archives 2003 - Final Run NYGÅRD 35th ANNIV.

Supermodel Beverly Peele wearing iconic goddess gown escorts Peter Nygård on the runway @ NYGÅRD'S 35th ANNIV Fashion Show

Technology Meets Fashion


The 90's is when technology first met fashion & where NYGÅ was officially born.

Enjoy our nostalgic clip featuring Mr.Nygård & daughter Bianca Nygård celebrating the official website launch in Beverly Hills.

Current Obsession: Vintage Leather

Call off the search! We’ve got the perfect leather pants you’ve been looking for. Meet our new Faux Vintage Leather Jeggings, from the Nygard Slims Luxe collection. What makes this leather pant different from the rest? Aside from giving you incredible curves and lifting your butt, there’s clever technology built into these waist-shaping jeggings.

Forget everything you’ve heard about leather pants. Who has time for stiff, uncomfortable fabrics anyway?

If you’ve bought Nygard Slims before, you already know how incredible our waistbands are. If you’re new here, we’re going to let you in on one of fashion’s best kept secrets. The key to creating a smaller waistline isn’t spending hours in the gym everyday…it’s our revolutionary hidden waistbands. Stitched inside our pants is a contouring elastic panel which sculpts your curves and slims your waist, giving you confidence from the inside, out.

Read the full blog here.

Peter Nygård Jeans Mid Rise Skinny Ankle Step Hem

Get the look of luxury denim that takes you from day to night with these step hem skinny ankle jeans by Peter Nygård Jeans, featuring asymmetrical hems, frayed edges and front seam details.

Our slimmest silhouette from waist to ankle, with 5 pockets, a fly front and a mid rise that hugs your curves and doesn't gape.

Exclusive details include the Nygård Wave back yoke, a curved stitching that creates the best shape from back to front, shiny nickel hardware that gives a dressed-up, polished look, functional pockets that are sewn into the front zipper for a perfectly smooth midsection, plus a Peter Nygård signature patch.

Our exclusive Luxe denim fabric has 4-way stretch and 24/7 shape retention, for a slimming, contouring fit every time.

Get full details here.

Twisted Stripe Cowl Neck Tunic

A relaxed tunic sweater with a cowl neck, 3/4 sleeves and asymmetrical hem, in a textured abstract stripe knit.

The regular size is 30.5 inches long and it's made of 55% polyester, 41% rayon and 4% spandex.

Get more details here.

A True Rags to Riches Story

After immigrating from Helsinki, Finland to Deloraine, MB, CDA - the Nygård family lived in a 8' by 10' converted shed with no running water - rags for blankets and only a rusty old stove for heat.

Bianca Nygård Fashion Show

50TH ANNIV TBT Remember Sand Wash SILK from the 80’s ... Enjoy our nostalgic clip featuring the Bianca Nygård Fashion Show

Fashion your future with Nygard Style

At Nygard Style Direct we inspire and empower women to achieve their dreams and create the life they desire.

Learn how you can design a lifestyle you desire by starting your own social selling fashion business.

We are looking for smart savvy women who want to create their own business, have unlimited income potential, enjoy the flexibility being your own boss can offer... the possibilities are unlimited!

This is a free event in Vancouver on November 20.

For more information, click here.

Lace Trim Flared Sleeve Top

Add some colour to your closet for the upcoming festive season!

This top features flared sleeves, a wide crew neck and a relaxed body with ultra-feminine floral lace details at the neckline and sleeves.

The stretch t-shirt is made of 93% rayon and 7% spandex and full details can be found here.

Ombré Fringe Sweater

Here's a pullover sweater with a dip dye body, wide crew neck and fringe hem. 

The regular size is 22 inches long and has a 5 inch fringe.

This sweater is a blend knitwear made of 74% acrylic, 24% nylon and 2% spandex.

Complete details can be found here.

Nygård Slims 2.5 Biker Legging

Whether you’re approaching the big 5-0 or you’ve well and truly cleared this milestone, you may be wondering if you can still get away with wearing leggings. The answer is YES. Just because you’ve hit a certain age, doesn’t mean you can’t wear on-trend designs.

These leggings boast a contrasting faux leather front, Ponte Knit back and countless details: decorative zippers, angular, quilted and ruched panels, and pyramid studs all guarantee you'll stand out. SLIMS lift, shape & sculpt your figure.

Our Ponte Knit blend is machine washable, super comfortable, breathable & holds its shape. The 2.5" elastic waistband helps flatten the midsection, while the thigh compression lengthens your legs – creating the Perfect Fit.

To see five ways 50+ women can style leggings to create chic, sophisticated outfits and avoid any fashion faux-pas, click here.

NYGÅRD 50 Years in Fashion

NYGÅRD 50 Years in Fashion 💙 Archives 1967: Peter Nygård gathers his life savings to purchase 20% of a ladies Garment Manufacturer. Within the year he owns the company outright, Tan Jay is Born - 85 Adelaide St. Winnipeg, MB

Någard Fashions 20% Off Clearance

20% Off Clearance This Weekend!

Check out new jackets, sweaters and bottoms added to our clearance section this weekend and get an additional 20% off your order.

Online & in-store from November 9-12.

Shop online here.

Building a capsule wardrobe for fall

Building a capsule wardrobe is all about creating a selection of pieces you can wear over and over again. Pieces that are versatile. Pieces that can be styled several different ways. With that in mind, well-made items should be a top priority this season if you want your clothes to stand the test of time. Here are our top 3 must-haves when it comes to curating your very own capsule wardrobe for fall.

Beautifully made basics - Your choice of pant can make or break an outfit, which is why it’s so important to invest in great bottoms for fall.

Cozy sweaters - No fall capsule wardrobe would be complete without cozy knits! When it comes to slightly heavier fabrics and thicker materials, sticking to block colours and tonal shades is guaranteed to keep you looking chic and effortless.

Bold separates - While basics are an essential part of any capsule wardrobe, it’s also key to ensure you add a few trend-driven pieces to your collection to avoid wardrobe boredom.

Read the complete blog here.

Peter Nygård getting his ‘Groove On’

50th ANNIV TBT  Peter Nygård getting his ‘Groove On’ in the nostalgic 70’s video featuring ALIA Fashion Show … Awesome!!

National Women's Show in Toronto

Fashion shows, food & wine sampling, celebrity guests, free makeovers.

Stop by booth 339 where style expert Meredith Shaw will be hosting our fashion shows all weekend long. Check out the Peter Nygård Jeans, NYGÅRD SLIMS and Luxe Denim. Come find out why they'll never let you down!

Click here to preview Nygård Fashions.

The young Peter Nygård

The young Peter Nygård immigrates from his native Helsinki, Finland with sister Liisa & parents Eli and Hilkka to Deloraine MB.

Nygard Fashion Celebrating 50 Years

Nygard is celebrating 50 years in the fashion industry.

Our online stores offer our latest fashions in a great shopping experience, accessible anywhere, anytime.

With over 150 retail locations across Canada and the United States, NYGARD offers showroom shopping in major metropolitan centres.

Our vast network of independent stylists provide top-quality women’s clothing to their friends, families and colleagues, bringing NYGARD fashion right to their doors at home parties.

Read all about the 50 year history here.

Mesh Trim Cheetah Print Flared Tunic

Here's a tunic with a form fitting body that flares out at the waist and has feminine mesh details on the sleeves, back and hem.

The jersey is made of 94% polyester and 6% spandex (exclusive of trimming) and full details can be found here.

Nygard International - 60's fashion recap

Velvet Embellished Peasant Blouse

A peasant blouse with studded velvet detailing at the neckline and shoulders.

Features gathered sleeves, a curved hem and a keyhole opening that closes with a tassel tie.

 This silky georgette is made of 100% Polyester (exclusive of trimming) and is available in either black or indigo.

Get full details here.

Fuzzy Knit Open Front Cardigan

Perfect for these cool fall evenings.

An open front cardigan in a super soft, fuzzy knit, with a flat collarless design and hip pockets.

 This cardigan feathered yarn is made of 100% polyester and comes in two colours.

Get full details here.

Floral Lace Front Tank Top

This delicately feminine tank top features a geometric lace front, intricate floral lace hem, scoop neck and lining.

This border floral lace top is made of 100% polyester and full details, including colour selections, can be found here.

Embellished Holiday Tee

Just in time for the holidays!

This is a simple top with a slim silhouette, 3/4 sleeves and crew neck that is boosted with an eye-catching metallic embellishment in a winter holiday motif.

It is made of 60% cotton and 40% polyester (exclusive of trimming) and comes in several exciting colours.

Get full details here.

Metallic Faux Leather Moto Jacket

Just in and just in time for cooler November weather!

This edgy moto jacket is crafted from a metallic faux leather and features pewter-tone hardware, shoulder straps, zip pockets and zippers at the sleeve hems.

The regular is 21 inches long and the coating is 100 % Polyurethane while the back is 100% polyester.

Get full details on this edgy jacket here.

Fall Jacket Trend - Work-chic blazers with a difference

Searching for new ways to revamp your fall work-wear wardrobe?

Say hello to feminine tailoring.

Blazers needn’t be boring – this stylish jacket incorporates luxurious metallic thread detailing to re-create the look of classic pinstripes whilst intricately stitched beads have been sewn on to carefully placed appliqués, adding interest to this structured jacket.

Team with our essential ankle pant or even a flattering pencil skirt to ace office-chic dressing.

See more here.

Fringe Trim Sheer Floral Poncho

A vintage-look, boho style poncho with a crochet fringe trim and an angled hem, in a sheer fabric with an allover floral burnout effect.

This poncho is a one size fits all ... it's 34 inches long and 52 inches wide and is made of 65% rayon and 35% polyester (exclusive of trimming).

Get full details here.

Fall Jacket trend - Bold bomber jackets

Satin bomber jackets are where it’s at.

This piece is available in classic black and a burgundy shade was made for fall thanks to its rich tones that echo the change in season.

Perfect for chilly days when all you need is a light jacket, the bomber creates a fitted silhouette that is figure flattering with ribbed cuffs and lower hem.

Not sure how to style this bold piece?

Stick to what you know and pair with luxurious leggings and ankle booties, or team with laid back denim for a perfect weekend feel.

See more here.

Fall Jacket trend - Military goes glam

This is the military trend, but not as you know it.

Luxuriously glam touches such as sequins in a moody olive shade and coordinating dark buttons give this look-at-me jacket a sophisticated edge.

Lapels and epaulettes have been removed in favour of a less is more approach, focusing on small feminine details like puffball sleeves and braiding at the cuff.

Its modern styling combines Napoleonic elements with rock star hedonism, making this a must-have in your wardrobe for fall.

See more here.

Microfleece Stand Collar Vest

A sleeveless zip front jacket in soft microfleece with an allover abstract sketch print, stand collar and front pockets.

This microfleece vest is made of 100% polyester and full details (including colour selections) can be found here.

Metallic Dot Print Blouse

A soft button front blouse with an abstract pattern and a subtle metallic foil dot print.

Features an open Y-neckline with a shirt collar and a contrasting placket. 

This metallic foil print jersey is made of 97% polyester and 3% spandex and complete details can be found here.