Matt Fine has a knack for fixing things that are broken. When he was 7 years old, the future president of pioneering e-commerce clothing site Karmaloop and retailer Shiekh Shoes often took apart his remote control cars just to put them back together. “I was always interested in figuring out why things moved or worked the way they did,” he says, sitting in the living room of his modern home in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles on a November afternoon. Fine, 36, is wearing a white long-sleeve shirt, brown sweatpants, and tan Common Projects Chelsea boots. He has pointy ears, a sharply-groomed beard, and is generally calm. The chance to put Karmaloop, which filed for bankruptcy in 2015, back together is partly what drew him to a company that was, for many, a gateway into streetwear. From 2000 to 2015, Karmaloop was a vital platform for brands like Huf, 10.Deep, and Crooks & Castles to grow their businesses, and the biggest streetwear retailer. Greg Selkoe, founder of Karmaloop, has said that in 2013, during Karmaloop’s peak, the company brought in $127 million in sales.

It has been publicized that, two years later, they owed thousands of dollars to Huf ($586,352), 10.Deep ($313,695), and Vans ($126,253), and lost the trust of consumers who sometimes didn’t receive their product or refunds. According to Selkoe, who spoke to Complex last year, Karmaloop’s financial issues stemmed from a combination of poor business decisions and failure to attract major investors. By May of the same year, there were reports that Kanye West and Damon Dash were seriously trying to buy Karmaloop. Dash even hinted on Instagram that they had locked in a deal. Ultimately, Selkoe has said that his lenders and the bank didn’t agree with the arrangement he, Dash, and West hashed out.