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 Fashion Floral-Printed Jersey Tank Dress

This is a new release in the TANJAY BVI Dress collection.

Spend your summer days and evenings in this gorgeous floral printed dress. 

It's cut from Microfine Jersey, fitted through the bodice and waist and the skirt has gores that create flare and movement. 

Wear yours with a shrug or cardigan to take you from desk to dinner.

Get full details here.

Nygard Fashion Linen Rolled Sleeve Button Front Shirt

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

You can't go wrong with a classic linen shirt.

This one has a stand collar, button front closure, front flap pockets, roll-tab sleeves, rib knit side panels and a rounded shirttail hem.

Wear yours to the office or for relaxing at the cottage.

Get more details here.

Peter Nygard and Nygard Cay in the Bahamas

Nygard Cay is Peter Nygards remarkable 4.2 acre island located near Lyford Cay in the Bahamas.

"The 8th Wonder of the World"

"This inspiration is a combination of all my travels
around the world.  The theme is Mayan, and every structural element is a work of art, from the timber, to the stone, to the glass, to the thatched roofs.  It has acclimated into it's surroundings. Not a Hollywood, Beverly Hills house in the Bahamas, but a Bahamian house in the Bahamas, using all of the Bahamian type of talent and Bohemian type of structure" ... Peter Nygard.

Peter Nygard in 1967 busy launching NYGARD women’s fashion

Peter Nygard with American super model Beverly Peele
The year was 1967 and Beatlemania was taking over North America as people watched Ed Sullivan on their black and white TV on Sunday nights. The most popular movies were The Dirty Dozen, Cool Hand Luke and The Graduate. In our centennial year, Lester B. Pearson was Prime Minister of Canada. But to Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygård who was busy launching NYGÅRD women’s fashion that year, it seems like it was just yesterday.

“I feel like I just started; I can hardly wait to get to work every day,” says Peter Nygård. “Fifty years has flown by. It’s still just as challenging and exciting and new. I love creating and designing, and that is what drives me. This is not even a job; it’s my passion!”

NYGÅRD International is a privately-held fashion company founded in Winnipeg, where Peter Nygård spent his childhood, after his family emigrated from Helsinki, Finland.

Read the full story here.

Peter Nygard Printed Satin Crepe Hi-Lo Tunic Shirt

Here's a new release in the Peter Nygard Iconic Status collection.

This super chic tunic shirt is printed with a mixed scroll pattern that gives a nod to '80s Italian design. 

It's cut from Satin Crepe, has a stand collar with a Y-Neck, long sleeves finished with a button cuff and side slits at the hem for extra movement. 

Wear yours dressed up with black ankle pants or down with jeans.

Get more details here.

Nygard Fashion Cropped Wrap-Effect Jersey Jumpsuit

This is a new release in the Bianca Nygard Tropical Paradise collection.

Everyone needs a jumpsuit in their wardrobe. 

They are perfect for day or night and can be dressed up or down. 

This one is cut from Microfine Jersey with a wrap-effect top and drawstring that cinches in the waist. 

It has a sleek and fluid silhouette that flatters everyone and the cropped length means you can wear yours with heels or sandals.

Get complete details here.

Book 3 - Peter Nygards Charity of Choice

This book illustrates Peter Nygards commitment to Breast Cancer Research.


  • Peter Nygard With his beloved Mother Hilkka
  • Commitment
  • CancerCare Manitoba
  • Mobile Mammography Unit
  • NYGARD reaches NEW heights
  • NYGARD Breast Cancer Research Units
  • Peter Nygard presents $550,000 for breast cancer research
  • Pictures Say It All

Bianca Nygard Ruched Drape Neck Top

This fashionable top is a new release in the Bianca Nygard Floral Fun collection.

Microfine jersey cascades with drapes and gathers in this figure-skimming design.

It has a draped neckline in the front that dips to a V-shape in the back and the back centre seam and side seams are ruched to create soft gathers across the front midriff.

It's a flattering style that can be worn with dress pants or your favourite pair of Nygard Slims and heels.

Get full details here.

Peter Nygard Offers Awesome Break Room

Nygard staff attend the official opening of Park50 on Wednesday at Nygard International on Inkster Boulevard in Winnipeg.

Created for staff of the clothing fashion brand, Park50 includes a waterfall, woodburning firepits, an outdoor workout studio and park benches.

Chef Phil Lu checks on pizzas as they cook on an open flame.