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!

Peter Nygard University Alumni Association

When your university Alumni Association requests an interview with you, it’s an indication that you might have done a thing or two right along the way. With a multitude of trail-blazing firsts, a successful global company and a track record of philanthropy, it’s no wonder the University of North Dakota wanted to feature Mr. Peter Nygard in one of their September issue of the UND Alumni Review, as one of their most successful alumni.

Peter Nygard graduated in 1964 from UND’s College of Business & Public Administration at the top of his class and was the recipient of the prestigious Sioux Award. Fifty years later, his success is proof that anyone with an unwavering work-ethic coupled with measured risk-taking, can achieve meteoric results.

NYGARD Inkster headquarters in Winnipeg was honoured to host UND’s, Amy Henley, dean of business college; DeAnna Carlson Zink, CEO of alumni; Kim Woods, associate VP senior director of development; Milo Smith, editor UND Alumni Review and Sam Melquist, graphic designer UND Alumni Review on Thursday, May 16, 2019. They were treated to a tour of Gallery50, a behind-the-scenes tour of the facilities and a pizza lunch in PARK50. Gallery50 is an interactive museum of Peter’s 50 years of business. It highlights his childhood with a section of the Nygård family’s original home from Deloraine, Manitoba; there is a retrospective collection of NYGARD fashions throughout the decades; glass cases feature memorabilia, gifts and awards, such as Peter’s UND diploma, his Sioux Award and UND’s Fighting Hawks hockey jersey (a gift from UND on the opening of the Gallery) and multiple screens showcasing employees and celebrities.

After the tours, Milo Smith sat down with Peter to get a first-hand account of how Peter’s childhood experiences shaped his fortitude and how his time at UND Business College set him up for success by helping to unleash his drive and passion for business and helping to mould his positive & open mindset. Peter always says, “vision without execution, is just hallucination,” so it’s on point to say that Peter has executed quite a few things in his time!

The afternoon ended with a lunch in the newly launched PARK50, where Mr. NygArd was joined by supermodel and friend, Beverly Johnson, the UND team, executives and associates for healthy artisan pizza and popcorn—all under the glorious sun-filled Winnipeg sky.

Later that evening, the UND team joined Peter Nygard and Beverly Johnson at the Grace Hospital Foundation’s, Grace Gala to honour his long-time friend Pearl McGonigal by sponsoring the Pearl McGonigal Lifetime Achievement Award.

Peter Nygard: University of North Dakota Alumni

Nygard Luxe Suede Explosion

“On Friday, September 13, hundreds of loyal, excited customers were welcomed to NYGARD’s Kenaston flagship store to experience an electrifying fashion show, showcasing NYGARD’s new LUXE SUEDE. The event began with a fabulous blue carpet entrance, complimentary bar and hors d’oeuvres.

VIPs in attendance were Honourable Rochelle Squires, The Honourable Stephen Fletcher, City Councillor Devi Sharma and Chief Sheldon Kent of Black River First Nation.

Breast Cancer Survivors, Stylists from NYGARD Style Direct and over 40 NYGARD associate models stole the show dressed in this fall’s HOTTEST trend LUXE SUEDE. New to the runway; moms, daughters and grandmothers showcased that Nygård Slims are cross-generational. It is truly special when when moms and daughters can share clothes.

The fashion show featured key elements that every woman needs in her wardrobe. The show was all about LUXE SUEDE, the newest member of the NYGARD fashion fabric family. NYGARD, once again leading the way with innovative fabric design. LUXE SUEDE has the look of suede, a four way stretch and is machine washable. The fabric has a cool touch and sleek feel, a very easy care fabric that can be worn in all seasons.

As a finale, guests were introduced to SPRING 2020 luxe suede colours and style. The electrifying colours of bright yellow, French blue, deep orange and vibrant jade are sensational for Spring 2020.

The show concluded with a standing ovation, applause and runway appearance of Peter Nygård. Supermodel Pamala Allen graced the runway with the final look, an incredible LUXE SUEDE gown.

Following the show, customers and VIP guests had the pleasure of meeting Peter Nygard for photo opportunities, autographs and continued shopping of Nygard Fashions.”

Peter Nygard Hollywood Waist Crepe Skirt

This classic skirt is a new release in the Peter Nygard Golden Glen fashion collection and is a must-have for your wardrobe. 

It's simple design is figure hugging and clean lined, making it incredibly stylish & versatile. 

It's made from Satin Back Crepe with an invisible zipper closure at centre back and vent at the hemline. 

The Hollywood waist emphasizes a sleek silhouette. 

This skirt is fully lined and knee length. 

Wear yours with a power blazer for a sharp tailored look or with a carefree shirt for an effortless look.

Get even more details here.

Peter Nygard Charity of Choice is Breast Cancer Awareness

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

Known the world over for the design and creation of top selling women's fashions, Peter Nygard is also taking a serious stand for women's health and making Breast Cancer Awareness a prominent focus of the company. 

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

Nygard Fashion Laser-Cut Lapel Stretch Suede Cascade Jacket

Here's a new fashion release in the ALIA Navy Spice collection.

This soft Ultra Stretch Suede jacket is all about the detail. 

The body and sleeves have a fitted silhouette and the front cascade lapel is crafted with an intricate laser cut-out pattern. 

Wear yours with the Embellished Ombré Stripe Jersey Top and navy twill pants for a look that will work at the office or at weekend brunch.

Get more details here.

Nygard Fashion Premium Suede Pull-On Park Straight Leg Pant

Here's a new release in the TANJAY Premium Suede fashion collection.

These gorgeous pants have a luxurious feel and smooth silhouette.

They are made from Premium Suede, have a contoured pull-on waistband and a straight leg cut.

Our new Premium Suede is an engineered premium fabric that has a brushed suede finish on the outside with Ponte on the inside.

It's smooth to the touch, gives a cool feeling and provides plenty of stretch and support for a figure-flattering style.

Wear yours with the matching jacket for a head-to-toe look.

These premium pants are made of 92% Polyester and 8% Elastane and can be machine washed in cold water for extra convenience.

Get full details here.

Nygard Fashion Embellished Viscose-Blend Sweater

Looking for some fashion attitude?

This is a new release in the Bianca Nygard OCT Knits fashion collection.

This sweater is full of street-style attitude. 

It's spun from Viscose/Nylon with a relaxed fit, crew neck and Dolman sleeves that are embellished with mini studs. 

Wear yours with your favourite Nygard Slims jeans and heels for the office or with sneakers for a more relaxed look.

Get full details here.

Peter Nygard Fringe Viscose-Blend Long Vest

This is a new release in the Peter Nygard Red Buffalo fashion collection.

Great for transitional seasons, this vest will bring back memories of the summer festival season. 

It's made from a Viscose/Nylon blend for a slight sheen finish and the long length is trimmed with fringe for movement and a relaxed feel. 

Layer yours over a textured or patterned top and your favourite Nygard Slims denim or Luxe Ponte.

This fashionable fringe vest is 37 1/4 inches long and is made of 65% Viscose and 35% Nylon (Exclusive of Trimming).

Get full details here.