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.

Read the full story here.

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’.

Read the full story here.

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.

Read all the news here.

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!!

Skimmer with Fray

These slim-fitting skimmer shorts boast frayed panel details, and 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 shorts are made of 55% cotton, 22% rayon, 19% polyester and 4% elastane. 

Full details can be found here.

Cottage Pull-On Denim Shorts

It may not feel like it but summer IS coming and these would be a welcome addition to your wardrobe!

Featured here are denim shorts with a pull-on waistband, a small side slit with button detailing, faux fly, cargo-style front pockets and back pockets, plus crisp front and back creases.

These pull-on shorts are 7oz stretch denim made of 75% cotton, 24% polyester and 1% spandex.

Get more details here.

Bubble Crochet Knit Cardigan with Inner Top

Get a complete look with one easy item.

This sophisticated scoop neck lined shirt is topped off with an attached, open front cardigan, in a breezy crochet knit.

 This all-in-one cardigan and top Bubble crochet knit is made of 65% nylon and 35% polyester and for added convenience you can machine wash this top in cold water.

Get complete details here.

A fashionable half-century

Nygard International held its Nygard 50 Years in Fashion event at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg on March 16.

The fashion show, dinner and dance featured a celebration of Nygard employees on stage who have more than 35 years of service, breast-cancer survivors, vintage clothing from Nygard’s decades in business and new designs from the company.

More than 650 people attended the show, dinner and dance.

Winnipeg Free Press

Peter Nygard and China

Peter Nygard was among the first to develop a business relationship with China.  Sandwash Silk was one of the most memorable and successful business ventures our company has embarked upon.

PN360º Frayed Hem Shorts

These super stylish denim shorts feature a trendy frayed, raw edge hem, and have 5 functional pockets, belt loops, a fly front opening and a mid rise.

PN360º features a hidden waistband for discreet slimming and our exclusive full-motion, 4-way Stretch 360º fabric that contours and streamlines.

Get a polished denim look, 24/7 shape retention and fit recovery for a sculpting effect that takes you from day to night. Regular:

These jean shorts are made of 55% cotton, 22% rayon, 19% polyester and 4% spandex.

Get more information and see the various colours available here.

Shadow Stripe Cascade Cardigan

A waterfall cardigan with a collarless, cascading open front and angled hem in a semi-sheer shadow stripe knit.

 This open front cardigan is made of 100% Viscose and should be hand washed in cold water.

Get more details here.

Lace-Up Roll Tab Plaid Blouse

This relaxed design features a lace-up neckline with a shirt collar, long sleeves with roll tabs, a curved hem and a button front.

This double weave long sleeve plaid shirt is made of 100% cotton and complete details can be found here.

Peter Nygard Jeans

Experience the amazing fit and feel of your favourite pair of Luxe Denim Slims, with the addition of a fly-front opening.

PN Jeans is second-skin denim that flattens your tummy, slims your thighs and lifts your booty.

Discover the latest, trendy slimming jeans with skinny, frayed, step hem, biker and cuffed styles.

Get more details here.

Over 22 Million Donated to Breast Cancer Research

"Breast Cancer awareness is top of mind for Nygard Associates 12 months of the year - it is absolutely our corporate charity of choice".

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With Peter Nygard nothing is impossible

Peter Nygard grew up believing nothing is impossible after watching his grandfather do farm work and climb stairs with both legs cut off and only one arm. He also watched his father chase down a truck over several days to get a job.

In believing that nothing is impossible, the world of opportunities was open to him. When nothing is impossible, everything is possible. No matter what his business needed, Nygard found a way to deliver it.

Also, he has a competitive nature that makes him always want to be the best. How do you become the best? There are several approaches to making this happen. Nygard’s philosophy is one of them that says it all.

‘If you want to become successful at something, you read everything about it, you learn everything about it, you know everything about it; you find out who the best person is, and you take what they are doing and make it even better’.

Read the full story here.

Pleated Bell Sleeve Top

This dramatic top features cropped, wide, pleated bell sleeves, a scoop neck and a relaxed body.

The regular size is 26 inches long and it's made of 94% polyester and 6% spandex.

Get full details online here.

Pull-On Capris with Rivet Detail Hem

New capri's are here for summer in a couple of colours!

Here's a smooth, comfortable pair of capri pants in a microfiber twill, with a pull-on waist and a decorative rivet tab at the hem.

 These microfiber twill capri's are made of 100% polyester and complete details can be found here.

Rose Sketch Fit and Flare Dress

This knee-length fit and flare dress features a V-neck with a shirt collar, cap sleeves, panels for shape and a raised rose sketch print.

This Puff printed microfine dress is made of 95% polyester, 5% spandex and can be machine washed in cold water.

Get more details here.

Career Opportunities at Nygard Fashions

Nygard is a leading fashion company that designs and markets women’s fashion apparel. Our company has celebrated many achievements and is continually improving and adapting our brand to meet the needs of today’s client. Our line of fashion products is created for women over 25 years of age. Our commitment to quality fashion, service, and innovative thinking has made our company a benchmark for many others.

The Nygard brand is expanding at an incredible pace. In addition to its various product lines, Nygard now offers an assortment of licensed products, including outerwear, swimwear, footwear, handbags, jewelry, accessories (scarves, hats, and gloves), belts, sunglasses, and soft home furnishings. If you are looking to expand your fashion career and work for a company who will continue to excel, a career with Nygard is the opportunity you have been waiting for.

View Career Opportunities here.

Long-Term Nygard Fashion Employees Get 10k Bonus

Fashion magnate Peter Nygård announced Friday, March 17, 2018 that 70 long-term employees of his company, fashion house Nygard International, would receive a $10,000 bonus.

The announcement came after Nygård delivered an impassioned speech to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary in business. During the speech, Nygård detailed his own rags-to-riches story, and the long and rich history of the company and its rise to dominance in the fashion industry. Nygård weaved a central message through all his tales of the company history – the company’s success has always been because of the dedication, ingenuity and loyalty of his employees.

Read the full story here.

Sequin Denim Jacket

A fresh take on the denim jacket, this jacket is embellished with sequins, is fitted at the waist and topped off with a flattering curved front hem.

Features a button front closure, flap pockets and is made with a lightweight, super stretch cotton blend fabric.

 It's made of 69% cotton, 29% polyester, 2% spandex and as an added convenience can be machine washed (in cold water).

Get more details here.

Luxe Denim Slims Bell Hem Crop Jeans

Form-fitting crop flare jeans with decorative ties, high-polish grommets and frayed hems.

Features a pull-on waist, concealed 4" midsection minimizer, 2" visible waistband, faux fly, 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 Luxe Denim fabric has 4-way stretch and 24/7 recovery, giving you a perfect fit every time.

Get full details here.

Peter Nygard Celebrates 50 Years Of Fashion

Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygård waved gracefully to fashion fans and NYGÅRD International associates alike Friday, as he arrived at the glamorous celebration of his company's 50th year as the leader in the fashion industry.

Over 650 NYGÅRD associates and VIPs from over 9 countries packed the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg for a night of dinner, dancing and decades of dazzling designs.

The show featured six decades of vintage NYGÅRD styles from the company's extensive archives, plus a sneak peek at the fall 2018 looks. Paying homage to a long history of trendsetting apparel, NYGÅRD also honoured the people who make it happen. 75 long-term associates, who have been with the company 25 to 50 years, were honoured on stage.

Continuing their long tradition of philanthropy, NYGÅRD made breast cancer survivors the stars of the night. A total of 25 survivor models, along with 50 NYGÅRD associates, strutted the catwalk, showcasing NYGÅRD styles. The show culminated with survivor model Liisa Johnson, sister of Peter Nygård, who was met with thunderous applause as she made her way across the stage with her brother.

Peter Nygard Announcement

In celebration of 50 years in business, Peter Nygård gave $10 000 to each employee who has worked for his company for 25 years or more.

70 long-term Nygard employees get $10,000 bonus

Fashion magnate Peter Nygard celebrated his company’s golden anniversary with the Nygard 50 Years in Fashion event at the convention centre Friday night. The fashion show featured vintage looks from Nygard’s decades in business. More than 600 people attended the show, dinner and dance.

Earlier Friday, it was announced that 70 long-term employees at the Winnipeg-based clothing maker Nygard International were to get a $10,000 bonus.

Employees who have 25 or more years of service found out about the big bonus in a speech Nygard delivered to workers Friday morning, the company said in a news release.

The release said the company founder told employees the firm’s success is the result of their dedication, ingenuity and loyalty.

Read the full story here.

Soutache Trim Floral Print Tee

Looking for something light and springlike?

This tee is defined by its unique soutache trim and shadow stripe fabric with a floral print.

 The regular size is 26.5 inches long and it's made of 100% polyester.

Get more details here.

Nygard 50 Year celebration live

Watch our LIVE STREAM on Friday March 16 at 7 pm CST as we celebrate 50 years in Fashion.

The live stream will be on our Facebook page ...

Floral Pintuck Blouse

A lined blouse in a floral print sheer crinkled fabric, with pintuck detailing at the front and a Mandarin collar.

This sheer crinkle top is made of 100% polyester and more details can be found here.

Crop Cardigan with Elbow Sleeves

A smooth, cropped knit cardigan with a crew neck collar, high-polish buttons and elbow sleeves.

The regular is 20 inches long and is made of 60% cotton and 40% acrylic.

Get more details here.

Peter Nygård talks 50 years of fashion on CTV Morning Live

NYGÅRD chairman Peter Nygård appeared on CTV Morning Live in Winnipeg today to talk about the 50th anniversary of NYGÅRD International and show off some styles from our upcoming fashion show.

Watch the video below.

Hi-Lo Chiffon Tulip Dress

Looking to dress up your wardrobe?

Here's a sleeveless little black dress layered with contrasting chiffon with a bold print.

Features a tulip front, a hi-lo hem and wide tank straps.

Get more details here.

Peter Nygard on the set at CTV Live

Peter Nygard on the set at CTV Live to discuss the last 50 years and give a sneak peak of the latest head to toe looks.

Leonardo Puffer Jacket

Spring is in the air but there are still chilly days ahead and this jacket will keep you in fashion.

This jacket comes with a zip closure, a stand collar, padded quilting and vertical zip hip pockets.

Get more details here.

Peter Nygard drove modernization

By going directly to the makers in Asia, Peter Nygard drove modernization and increased efficiencies in factories. Thus establishing his dominance in the fashion industry.

3.5 Crop Pants with Lace Trim

Feminine and practical.

Here's a slimming pair of cropped pants with feminine lace detailing at the hem.

Features a pull-on waist with a visible 3.5" elastic waistband.

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

Metal Ring Crew Neck Tee

This crew neck T-shirt is defined by its unique D-ring band detailing at the neckline.

This interlock knit is made of 60% cotton and 40% polyester and comes in several exciting colours. 

Get more details here.

Pull-On Skirt with Wide Waistband

A knee length skirt with a flattering, tailored silhouette, complete with a wide pull-on waistband for the most comfortable fit.

The regular size is 25 inches long and is made of 96% polyester and 4% spandex.

Get full details here.

Iconic Lace Bell Sleeve Blazer

An airy floral lace blazer with cropped bell sleeves, wide lapels, a peplum waist and a snap button front.

This lace jacket is made of 65% cotton and 35% nylon and you can get full details here.

Peter Nygard with Presidential jacket

Former President George Bush Sr. gifted Peter Nygard with his own official Presidential jacket.

Peter Nygard on Larry King Live

We now welcome to Larry King Live Peter Nygard.

Peter annually hosts the famed night of hundred stars.  This takes place every year on Academy Award night.  Peter has been very hospitable to us over the years.

Peter you keep getting better every year.  It's wonderful every year. 

I'm glad to know you. I respect you for what you do and thanks for being a part of this industry

I want to thank you for this lovely party.

Earn free jeans with Nygard Rewards

Not heard of Nygard Rewards? Allow us to formally introduce you to your new favourite referral program! It’s simple – the more friends you refer, the more rewards you earn. You heard us right. Tell your friends about us and earn clothing credit every time they make a purchase.

Interested? Simply introduce us to you nearest and dearest by sharing a link to our page and they’ll instantly get 20 % off their first purchase. Every time they shop at Nygard, you get rewarded with points that you can accumulate to shop for FREE. Each point you earn is worth $1.

Want to learn more and spread the word about your favourite fashion brand?

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Successful Strategic Moves

Winnipeg Headquarters

When Peter Nygard was 16 years old, he spent the summer working at the same factory as his mom. Workers were given salt tablets so that they wouldn’t faint from the heat. He swore he would never let his mom work that way again.

In 1974, Peter Nygard was the first to institute air conditioned sewing rooms in his Winnipeg facilities in Canada. The NYGÅRD Winnipeg facilities were models that the Canadian Government held up for manufacturing companies to follow in the setup of their factories.

Theses facilities were the first to go from cutting fabric manually to using a computerized cutting machine. Gerber cutting machines were purchased for both NYGÅRD’s Inkster and Notre Dame facilities in Winnipeg. This Gerber cutting machine is calibrated to use 100% of the fabric by inputting information into a computer, which identifies the best way to use the fabric before cutting. Canadian Government officials came to tour the Inkster facility to view its technological implementations.

Besides Nygard’s technological improvements, he made other strategic moves.

Read the full story here.

Floral Lace Bell Sleeve Top

This dramatic top with a feminine floral lace features wide, cropped bell sleeves, a scalloped hem and tone-on-tone lining that adds depth.

This floral lace blouse is made of 65% cotton and 35% nylon and comes in spring magenta (shown here) and white.

Full details can be found here.

Peter Nygard Success Was Inevitable

There is no magic formula to create high levels of success. Yet, if you study those who have achieved remarkable levels of success, like fashion mogul Peter Nygard, you can clearly see the elements that made their success even inevitable.

One of the challenges we face, especially in the workplace, is the lack of attention to details. You’ll even hear people refer to themselves as a ‘forest’ kind of person or as a ‘trees’ kind of person—meaning that they are someone who focuses on the big picture or someone who focuses on details, respectively.

While a big-picture focus is important for strategic thinking, effectively executing strategy definitely requires ‘trees’ thinking.

In studying what Nygard did to create the level of success he’s had in his business, you can’t help but realize that it is obvious based on the way he worked.

Peter Nygard has a reputation for paying uncompromising attention to details. It is said that he took two years to develop his revolutionary SLIMs pants, that he spent one week with fourteen-hour days just designing the waist of the pant.

Read the full story here.

Zip Detail Fit and Flare Dress

Sophisticated and comfortable.

This sleeveless knee length fit and flare dress features a decorative zipper at the bust, a contrasting yoke, a crew neck and panels for shape.

This Microfine dress is made of 94% polyester and 6% spandex and full details can be found here.

Nygard archives 1967

Within three years, Peter Nygard has turned the struggling Nathan Jacob enterprise into a 1.8 million dollar success.

Peter Nygard established his presence from Canada to the Far East

Peter Nygard the business mogul established his presence from Canada to the Far East; being involved in manufacturing, logistics & the retail landscape. All of his endeavors enjoyed success because of his commitment to excellence.

Nygard opened his hundred thousand-square-foot Inkster plant in winnipeg and the company has not stopped growing since.

 Nygard international now has offices in New York,  California, Toronto, China and Montreal delivering to over 200 of its own retail stores worldwide.

Peters adventures have put him in company with some of the world's most famous and influential people from Oprah Winfrey to Sean Connery to President Bush.

He chaired the Advisory Committee that led to the development of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has led the way in technological advancements in the fashion industry.

Polo Collar Cardigan with Zip Front

Yes spring is just around the corner but there are plenty of cool evenings ahead and this would fit nicely in your current wardrobe!

Here's a long sleeve cardigan with a zip front, textured knit and polo-style collar that is made of 60% cotton and 40% acrylic and can be machine washed in cold water.

Get full details here.

Zig Zag Open Knit Cap Sleeve Tee

A sleeveless T-shirt in a slinky zig zag open knit, with a scalloped hem, satin trim at the neckline and cap sleeves.

 This zig zag top is made of 100% polyester and can be machine washed in cold water.

Get full details here.

Morgan Beaded Ankle Pants

A tailored pair of dressy ankle pants finished off with embroidery, beading details and a small slit at the hem.

Features a flat fly front with a hook and bar closure, elastic waistband for a slimming effect, and faux back welt pockets.

These pants are made of 57% cotton, 39% polyester and 4% spandex.

Get complete details here.

Peter Nygard International Business

Peter Nygard continues to grow his business internationally & by establishing joint venture agreements with existing factories in Asia which enables factories to produce exclusively for NYGARD