The client was looking for upscale and minimal, so I am glad to hear that is the impression you got.
There are a couple inventory related issues that are a result of the client not properly using the inventory page when setting up new products. I thought we had caught them all. but obviously not. Thanks for the link I have made the change.
The client is not interested in upselling or related products. If it is entered correctly, the end user will only see products that have a size in stock and the drop down will only show the sizes in stock. If there is an item with no sizes in stock, it will say out of stock.
I agree that the shopping cart icon is small, but that was the design that we finalized on.
the designer link brings you to a static CMS page that includes a CMS block. This block is called on both the static page as well as the by designer category items in the left nav. These are manually created and maintained. The links take you to a category under men or women. So every product should be under the respective category as well as under the respective gender/designer.
We thought about having it be a script, but we decided it would be easier to control it manually. Originally we had generated the designer pages using a advanced query that the user never saw, but I wasn’t in love with that either. Given that there are a steps to adding a new designer including some image generation, we decided to not automate it. Technically though, using some server side image tools, I guess the images could be generated on the fly, but I digress… This was the solution that fit into the client’s budget.
We have modified the navigation code that generates the category navigation to include more classes, and then we hide the categories we don’t want showing via CSS.