50 years of fashion history

After graduating from North Dakota University in 1964 with a degree in business, Finnish-Canadian designer Peter Nygård decided to pursue his ambition, purchasing 20% of a struggling women’s clothing brand. Just 3 years later he bought out the company entirely and transformed it into the vibrant fashion house it is today.

Since then Nygård has received numerous accolades: some of his most notable include being the founder of the Manitoba Fashion Institute, becoming an appointed member of the Canadian Apparel Manufacturer’s Institute and even playing an influential role in establishing the North American Free Trade Agreement.

NYGARD is proud to be celebrating 50 years in the fashion industry.

FBF Peter Nygard in Winnipeg


Nygard opens his new 155,000 square foot IK plant in Winnipeg.

This new plant has an extensive production and distribution capacity ENG with the most modern system and equipment.

Leaf Stripe Print Crew Neck Tee

Here's a simple T-shirt with curved hems and a crew neck is boosted with an abstract stripe and leaf print.

It's made of 60% cotton and 40% polyester and more information can be found here.

Rhinestone Grommet Fly Front Capris

These capri pants boast a tailored silhouette, rhinestone grommets, crisp front and back creases, a fly front opening and belt loops.

The capris are made of 72% rayon, 25% nylon, 3% spandex and can be machine washed in cold water.

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Nygard TBT - BTS 1988 Fashion Shoot

Peter Nygard's employees are loyal

Many business leaders will tell you that it is a challenge to keep good employees loyal to their company especially in this era of millennials who are known to be transient in their employment.

Fashion mogul Peter Nygard has managed to keep a lot of employees loyal to his company for more than twenty-five years. Some employees have been with him for more than thirty-five years.

We’ve already reviewed his leadership ability and discovered that he finds the right people and helps to develop them; he invests in his employees and allows them to use their creativity; and he empowers his employees including inexperienced young people and women. This certainly makes a big contribution to loyalty.

It would be interesting to discover how Nygard practices the principles outlined by two university professors to be able to keep his employees loyal for so many years.

If employees working for a fashion company believe that they are making a difference in the lives of many women by making them feel beautiful with the company’s fashions, this is very meaningful to them.

When it comes to the company’s vision, Peter Nygard ensures that he has employee buy-in. His company has two annual meetings that are solely focused on the way forward. These meetings are said to involve his employees in a big way.

Read the full story here.

Peter Nygard Did What It Took

Even though fashion mogul Peter Nygard was a department manager at Eaton’s of Canada and in charge of a number of employees, he mopped the floors whenever it was necessary.

He was intent on setting a good example: When nobody ever wanted to carry bags of fertilizer to the customers’ cars because it smelled so badly, he carried it out himself. To this day, Peter Nygard has the reputation that he doesn’t ask anyone to do anything he wouldn’t do himself.

Successful people do what it takes, but unfortunately, a common thought among many would be, “that’s not my job”. They don’t understand the value of showing initiative or doing what it takes. Instead they would prefer to believe successful people are just lucky.

Read the full story here.

Paris Print Button Front Shirt

This relaxed design in a textured cotton fabric with a travel motif features short sleeves with roll tabs, a curved hem, a button front and shirt collar. 

This bold print is made of 100% cotton machine washed cold with like colors.

Get full details here.

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.

Read the full story here.

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.

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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.