Being a smaller sporting brand can be tough. The odds seemed stacked against you when comparing yourself to the Adidas’ and Nike’s of this world. Macron (not named after the new French President, more on that in part two) is an Italian brand founded in 1971. Back then it was a distributor of American sportswear brands in Italy. By 1994, it began to expand rapidly and by 2001 had just won the sponsorship of its first professional sports team, Bologna FC, which it still sponsors now.