He borrowed $8,000 in 1967, then used that money plus his savings to buy a 20-percent share of a small manufacturer of women’s apparel.
Within a few years, Nygard owned the company. He transformed it into Nygård International, a company that today boasts studios and stores throughout North America and Asia and is one of the largest women’s clothing manufacturers and suppliers in the world.
The son of Finnish immigrants of modest means, Nygard rose to the status of visionary in the clothing industry.
Throughout his career, Nygard seems to have followed a dictum that now graces his company’s website: “You don’t know how far you can go until you push the limits.”
So far, Nygard has gone strong for 50 years. In the wake of this 50-year professional anniversary, UND Today caught up with Nygard to talk about his alma mater and his experiences on the road to fame.
Read the full interview here.