Sylvie Cachay was a rising star in the fashion industry and a kind soul who was tragically killed in December 2010 shortly before her 34th birthday. Her unparalleled style, creativity, talent, and hard work garnered critical acclaim especially for collections she created at Victoria Secret, Tommy Hilfger, Marc Jacobs, Ann Cole, and her own brand, SYLA swimwear. Although Sylvie was most recognized for accomplishements in high fashion, her true passion was using her creativity, expertise, and energy to mentor others in overcoming obstacles or difficult situations.

Her magnetic energy, sincere kindness, and emotional generosity with friends, family, strangers, and animals will be what she will be best remembered for. Sylvie never ceased to lend a helping hand, brightened the day of those she came in contact with, and maintained a positive attitude even when faced with adversity. She was a loving and loyal person and that is evidenced by the outpouring of support we have received since her untimely passing. Through the love and support of family and friends, Sylvie Cachay’s legacy, spirit, and philosophy will live on.

A Family Affair

The Sylvie Cachay Memorial Fund (SCMP) was established in the months following Sylvie’s death by her brother, Patrick Orlando, cousin, Francoise Jakobsson, and Patrick’s brother, David Orlando. Soon after, her cousin, Lavinia Panizo, joined the efforts. The SCMP board is made up of these four individuals who lead various components of the project.

  • - Francoise Jakobsson leads the Scholarships and Animal Lovers initiatives

  • - Lavinia Panizo leads the Violence Against Women and SYLA Style initiatives AND

  • - Patrick Orlando leads the crowd-sourcing efforts

In addition, Sylvie’s parents, family, and friends serve to keep Sylvie’s memory alive by contributing their time and energy to support these projects.

These combined efforts serve to fund SCMP charities that provide: assistance and education for women in abusive relationships, funding to foster the creativity of young artists and designers, and to support organizations that protect animals.

Sylvie Cachay