Vernis Bag - smell question?

  1. I purchased a Vuitton Vernis houston bag on eBay. The bag itself appears authentic and in perfect shape. The bag's interior has a smell, hard to identify, perhaps from smoke? Has anyone experienced a smell issue with Vernis bags? Does anyone have any recommendations for eliminating odors? I stuffed the bag with paper towel, and I am blowing a fan on it. The smell transfers to the paper towel, so there is something.
    Many thanks,