Quick Facts
  • Bernie is the co-founder and graphic designer for the retail brand Heartsleeve.

  • He is a partner of The Good Shop, a collaboration of 4 New Orleans businesses making good on doing good.

  • He is the Professional Design Mentor for YEP Design Works, an apprenticeship program of the Youth Empowerment Project.

  • Bernie dabbles in amateur cooking competitions and has a few note-worthy prizes for his gumbo, cracklins, and cupcakes.

  • He is in love with and engaged to his partner of all the things: Natasha Noordhoff.  She’s watching me write this right now.

Official Bio

Bernie January was born and raised in South Louisiana and began his formal artistic training at the age of four. He’s a former Chemistry and Physics teacher and Teach for America alumnus. Bernie was program manager of Green Light New Orleans, a New Orleans-based environmental non-profit, where he developed a mindset for what makes a successful start-up. He is a current Design Mentor for YEP Design Works, a start-up apprenticeship program developing young, New Orleans creatives into creative digital media professionals. 


New Orleans, LA