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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Peter Nygård early childhood pictures

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.