Condé Nast International (Glamour, Vogue, Vanity Fair) has been issuing press releases about it's e-commerce investments on an almost weekly basis.
"Condé Nast International has led a $20m investment in farfetch, the world’s leading e-commerce marketplace for independent fashion boutiques; it was announced today by Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman and Chief Executive.
Existing investors Advent Venture Partners, Index Ventures and e.ventures also participated in the fundraising."
A good year ago, farfetch had raised $18 million, bringing the total to date to $44 million.
Last week, Condé Nast got on board with Berlin based designer shop Monoqi:
Since Monoqi‘s launch in 2011, the curated online shopping platform has kept a relatively low profile. Today the Berlin-based startup has announced a strategic partnership with publishing juggernaut Condé Nast
Additionally, Condé Nast Germany is the startup’s largest shareholder with a 26 per cent stake in the young company, which offers users upmarket Fab-style flash-sale shopping.”
“We are looking specifically for innovative young enterprises with whom we can make an active and sustainable contribution to value growth.” (translated)
With publishing houses however, it isn't clear if they will be contributing real or virtual money (aka: media volume).
The New York Times has produced a detailed background report ("Condé Nast Invests in e-Commerce").
Originally posted in German by Jochen Krisch, adapted for excitingcommerce.com by Jason Soo.