Uncommon Threads’ mission is to use clothes and image as the tools for boosting women’s self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth.  Clients will be referred by social workers who work with domestic violence survivors and women in need. Clients will receive a private styling session with one of our “volunteer stylists”, where they will learn their best styles and colors and get advice on how to dress to project a positive image. They will get up to four complete outfits suitable for their lifestyle. Our goal is for them to leave the boutique feeling empowered, nurtured, beautiful and confident. We have major plans for the future including self-esteem workshops and mentoring!

The organization is being launched in partnership with Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, an organization that nurtures and supports families.

Meet The Team


Susan Kanoff, Founder and Executive Director
Out of her passion for empowering women, Susan Kanoff has combined her unique mix of experience as a social worker and wardrobe stylist/style blogger to launch Uncommon Threads.

“Clothes are inside out and outside in. What we wear can have a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves and how others view us. My goal is to give struggling women a new look that will inspire self-confidence and boost self-esteem.”

Susan has dedicated over 20 years to helping low-income families move out of poverty. She has received numerous awards for her work, including The YWCA’s Tribute to Women Award, NAHRO awards for program innovation and a Massachusetts state citation for her dedication to supporting families.

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Lysanne LaPierre, Operations Director

Our Advisory Board:

May Doherty
Amy Finegold
Elizabeth Sweeney
Joan Kulash
Bridget Blythe
Joan Johnston
Susan Howell
Evelyn Martinez
Elizabeth Mullard
Leslie Levenson
Teresa Guenard
Jennifer Hardock
Eileen Dionisio
Sabita Chopra
Sarah Starkweather
Terri Mauthe
Laurie Liffmann


Our Partner:

We are grateful to Family Services of the Merrimack Valley for their support and for being our fiscal agent.