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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Peter Nygard and Alex Dillard Strategic Partnership



A few years ago I was lucky enough to meet Peter Nygard. The first time I met him I recognized that he was different from most of the suppliers that we deal with and that I felt that his view was that it was a partnership between the supplier and the retail store to sell merchandise to the consumer.

He is a logistics genius. He has more ideas in a day than most of our suppliers have in a year and I couldn't ask for a better partner than Peter.

Join Nygard International, Canada’s leading fashion company

Nygård International, Canada’s leading fashion company that designs and markets women’s fashion apparel is seeking a qualified/motivated individual to join our team. If your career goal is to join a leading edge, global company that will provide great opportunities for career advancement, then look no further.

Key Responsibilities:  Analyzing historical information, system reports, anticipated and current sales trends, and budgets to develop Class and item plans through to SKU; you will be accountable for achieving or exceeding budgeted sales and margins.

Key Qualifications:  Has at least two years of experience in a similar/related role; ideally has fashion retail merchandise planning experience.

Education: An undergraduate degree or diploma in Fashion Retailing / Buying or Business Administration.

Interested?  See the rest of the responsibilities and qualifications here.

Floral Jacket with Zippers

A blazer jacket in a romantic floral print. Features an open front, a draped collar with zipper detailing and an angled front hem.

 This colourful jacket is ready for spring and is made of 97% polyester and 3% spandex and as a bonus can be machine washed in cold water.

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Join the Nygard Fashions Merchandising Team

Nygard International, Canada's leading fashion company that designs and markets women's fashion apparel, is seeking a qualified/fashion-forward individual to join our Merchandising Team.

Job Summary: As a Technical Merchandiser you would be responsible for communication with our overseas partners, regular and diligent follow up, negotiation with mills and makers to get fabrics and garments in house for key meetings with very short lead times, PDM system set-up and preparing product for daily approvals.

Nygard International offers a competitive compensation package and provides significant opportunities for growth and career development.

For job requirements and key qualifications click here.

Lace-Up Skinny Jeans

A simple pair of body-hugging skinny jeans elevated with laced-up grommet details at the back hem. 

These Skinny Jeans are made of 73% cotton, 26% polyester and 1% spandex and can be machine washed cold in cold water.

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Nygard Made Millions With Fashion Breakthroughs

When we hear of a millionaire success story, one of the first things we want to know is “How did he do it?” or “How did she do it?”

In saluting the 50 years of fashion success of fashion mogul Peter Nygard, we are taking an inside look at how he managed to go from a poor boy to a multi-millionaire.

Fifty years ago, Peter Nygard was given an opportunity to join a struggling manufacturing company. He gathered up his savings and borrowed the rest to be able to invest $8,000 into a manufacturing company. Unfortunately, the owner died three months later and 26-year-old Peter Nygard was left to make this company work on his own.

Having no preconceived notions about what should be done at the start, Nygård researched and came up with what made sense to meet the customer’s needs. As a result, he achieved many ‘firsts’ in his industry. At a time when women didn’t generally wear pants at work, he focused on designing pants for women that became very popular and his company became known for offering amazing pants with a perfect fit.

He designed pants based on comfort and ease of fit; it was washable, and it had no need for ironing or dry cleaning. And in addition to using knit, he perfected a polyester fabric to make it do everything he wanted it to do.

In a desire to meet more of the customer’s needs, Nygård expanded to create additional fashion pieces. He started offering ‘coordinates’ that allowed the customer to mix and match.

Then came jackets. Soon, he was selling a lifestyle with whole outfits for not just daywear but weekend wear as well.

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FBF Nygard Archives from 1952


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

Peter Nygard combines technology and fashion



50th anniversary TBT: Tributes to Peter Nygård from singing artists Tanya Tucker TV personalities MSN Live & Direct Rita Crosby extolling the Rags to Riches story as he launches his flagship New York World Headquarters.

Peter's journey has seen him rise to the number one position in women's fashion in Canada and renowned position in the industry.

Today Nygard is considered one of the top Canadian companies when it comes to information technology and by far one of the finest companies in the world when it comes to combining technology and fashion.  No one does it better!

Nygard Fashion Style Direct

Having your own Fashion Business is all about fun! What's better than getting the girls together, sharing fashion tips and helping women look amazing?

You'll be so proud to share the gorgeous NYGARD fashion collection - featuring our NYGARD Slims - the most revolutionary pant in the world! Designed for the woman who wants to look and feel fabulous - and a whole size smaller!

Do what you love, love what you do! When you join NYGARD Style Direct, you'll be joining a team of women who are designing their life - on their terms!

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Peter Nygard Gave Employees $10,000 Bonuses

‘Thanks A Million!’ That’s how much fashion mogul Peter Nygard spent, (actually, 1.1 million dollars to be exact) to give each NYGARD company associate, who had been with the company twenty years or more, ten thousand dollars. It was about 110 employees. That was during celebrations for Peter Nygard’s thirty-five years in business. 

There wasn’t a dry eye anywhere in the room after Peter Nygard announced that all NYGARD employees who had been with the company for twenty years or more would find extra money on their bank accounts that payday. 

Peter Nygard has, as they say, ‘never forgotten where he came from’. He has a reputation for treating everyone equally, treating those in typically thankless jobs extra special, and being generous to boot. 

Peter Nygard was happy to say, “Thanks a million!” No wonder he is such a success.

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Nygard Style Direct Spring 2018 Launch

Nygard Style Direct had their Spring 2018 Launch at the Nygard Toronto Headquarters on January 26.

The Event started with a spectacular Fashion Show showing the new Spring Fashions.

What was unique was the new Styles were shown on real stylists ranging in sizes small to plus size.

Highlights of the show included a standing ovation from the audience when Breast Cancer survivor models walked the runway.

The Weekend continued with workshops, mentorship, and an awards ceremony.




Supermodel Beverly Johnson


FBF from the 2001 Archives.

Supermodel Beverly Johnson in N magazine wearing iconic Peter Nygard Signature holiday suiting.

Beverly Johnson was also the first black woman to cover American Vogue.

Peter Nygard's Technological Ingenuity

It’s a fascinating look into the bricks and mortar setup that contributed to fashion mogul Peter Nygard’s success, as we continue with an inside look at a poor boy turned multi-millionaire.
NYGÅRD International was said to be such a success in its use of technology that their inventory and warehouse fulfillment systems created an additional logistics business for Nygård. Other clothiers have contracted NYGÅRD for order fulfillment.
Peter Nygard explains the source of his motivation for the technological innovation in his company in the Women’s Wear Daily 35th anniversary feature of NYGÅRD:
“I always marveled how well Fedex tracked their parcels. I walk by an airport and see all those screens, this huge system that tells people where they should be and at what time. I look at the stock market ticker tapes, can order a piece of a stock and see it actually happening before my eyes. That’s what I wanted. With Vcom, everything we do is at the speed of thought.”
After goods are sewn, affixed with proper hangtags, hung on hangers and bagged, they are scanned into the Vcom system, allowing the computer to track them as they are loaded into containers and shipped to the California distribution center.
“It is virtually like an air traffic controller knowing which containers are coming in and which priorities we should deal with based on the color of the screens,” Chaves said. [Ernie Chaves, VP of Logistics]
Once at the distribution center, Vcom lets employees know how much time they have to scan the garments. It inspects their quality: 65 percent of suppliers are certified and can bypass a quality audit but the computer automatically triggers a sampling on every 10th shipment or so, and guides them on what and how many pieces should be picked, packed and, finally, shipped.
Audits keep track of how fast goods are wending their way through the system.
Peter Nygard was said to have sat with computer developers for hours and hours working with them to design this system to his specifications. Well, it all paid off since NYGÅRD is the standout in the industry with its logistics and other technological innovations.
Such streamline of processes and improved efficiencies no doubt contributes greatly to Peter Nygard’s multi-million-dollar success.
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Peter Nygard Creative Genius



I propose a toast to one of the great designers and probably the greatest designer in North America; Peter Nygard.

We have brought to the customer a product that is beautifully made of first-class world-class fabric with great fashion and and creative genius.

Nygards "we stand united" campaign has earned him recognition in both Canada and the US but Peter Nygard has not forgotten where he came from.

He annually donates 1.8 million dollars to the cause that hits home with women around the world breast cancer.