A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, Maurice (pronounced “Morris”) Johnson received a BA degree in Literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MA degree from Cornell University. His junior year was spent at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universit├Ąt in Freiburg, Germany.

After graduation, Maurice (aka Maury) worked for 24 years in New York City’s fashion industry, specifically in retail store analysis, apparel product development, and international product sourcing. This responsibility entailed travel to dozens of countries in Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East.

His textbook “Apparel Product Development” was published by Prentice Hall/Pearson Education in 1998 and 2003.

Upon leaving the industry in 1997, he began teaching full time at the Fashion Institute of Technology / State University of New York. A member of the faculty of the Fashion Business Management Department, Maury specialized in financial literacy, apparel product knowledge and development, and corporate strategy.

He retired in 2017 and now divides his time between New York City, Arizona, and Europe. In each location, Maury continues to produce the short videos that are now featured on StandOut Documentaries.


Isn’t it true that we are often unaware that there are fascinating people all around us…. every day? Even a brief conversation can sometimes reveal a distinctive point of view, a colorful past, or an unusual passion or mission in life.

StandOut Documentaries hopes to introduce a few of these fascinating and engaging people, wherever they might be.

With a background in training and education, I have had a life-long goal: To explain complex, challenging, and/or technical topics in simple, understandable terms.

Also based on a personal passion, the first Topics video is on modern architecture. There will be more videos on architecture, as guided by two amazing and knowledgeable architects.

In the future, however, we will cast a wide net, always scanning for intriguing, challenging, and/or amusing topics.

StandOut Documentaries plans to flourish on the quirky edges with all of its videos.

This is reflected in our first Places videos. While there are countless travelogues on major tourist destinations such as New York, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Stand Out Documentaries prefers to introduce less discovered places. The first two Places documentaries featured FREIBURG IM BREISGAU, GERMANY and PRESCOTT, ARIZONA. We will continue to search out interesting, distinctive, and relatively unknown locations.

That does not mean, however, that major destinations are off the table. In such cases, we plan to feature something idiosyncratic or amusing about these cities.